Student Council Representatives H - M

Andy Halls

BA Journalism, University of Central Lancashire

Andy wants to be a journalist because he likes to be in the loop and know what is going on. He also believes quality journalism is key to maintaining a working democracy. He chose his course because of a combination of NCTJ accreditation, healthy employment figures and an impressive list of alumni.

Andy has completed work experience at Sky News, Manchester Evening News and Media Wales. He has also done some freelance work for The Sun and runs hyper-local news site Blog Preston.

Sarah Halls

Fast-track Journalism, noSWeat Journalism Training

Sarah graduated from Manchester University in 2009 after studying Spanish and Portuguese and then spent a year interning at various news and media organisations before deciding to complete the Diploma in Journalism.

She chose the course after many news editors on her internships recommended the NCTJ. She loves the idea of writing news that inspires debate and says that journalists also have an important role to play in societies where the press is controlled by politicians.

Karla Hancock

MA Journalism, Salford University

Karla completed a BA in Media, Communication and Culture, and Marketing at Keele University before starting her MA. She has always found the idea of a career in journalism appealing and thought it would be a challenging and rewarding career path.

She was attracted to Salford thanks to positive comments she’d heard about the course, combined with the proximity to MediaCity. 

Jonathan Hills

Harlow College

Jonathan gained a BA in Philosophy before starting his NCTJ Diploma in Journalism. He likes to be able to seek out facts and information before everyone else and write about relevant issues.

He chose his course after a lot of research thanks to recommendations from friends and industry contacts.

Chris Hogg

Day-release Journalism, Glynd┼Ár University 

Chris graduated from Durham University with a BA in English where his work in student journalism inspired him to pursue a career as a journalist.

He finds journalism exciting, varied and rewarding and is looking forward to developing his career.

Michael Holt

MA Journalism, Teesside University

Before studying journalism, Michael completed a BA in History at Lancaster University and was editor of his college magazine.

He wants to be a journalist to give a voice to those that don’t have one, and to hold people in authority to account.

Harriet Jackson

Fast-track Newspaper Journalism, Highbury College

Harriet completed a BA in Media and Journalism before going on to take her NCTJ diploma. Her favourite part of journalism is going out and talking to people and she enjoys being ahead of the news and breaking stories.

Harriet picked her course thanks to the impressive alumni and hearing recommendations from the industry. 

El Johnstone

HND Practical Journalism, Cardonald College

El enjoys writing and meeting new people. She says she’s very nosy and always wants to know the latest gossip and find out what’s going on.

She is in her second year and currently writes for the college paper. 

Hanna Ljunggren

BA Print Journalism, Nottingham Trent University

Hanna wants to be a journalist because she is incredibly curious and really keen to tell people’s stories that might otherwise not be reported.

She picked her course as she thought it was the best to help her achieve her career goals. 

Sara Malm

BA Journalism and the News Industry, University of Kent

Sara is currently editor of the university student magazine, both online and in print and is about the start work experience with Fabulous magazine at the News of the World.

She picked her course because it teaches multiplatform journalism to prepare her for work across all sectors. She wants to be a journalist to shape the news. 

Lauren May

Fast-track Journalism, Up to Speed Journalism 

Lauren completed a degree in Culture, Media and Communications with Professional English before starting her NCTJ diploma. She has long had ambitions to be a journalist based on her interest in current affairs and a love of English.

She chose her course to help her get a head start on searching for jobs and to learn the practical skills needed for work.

Saeed Mohamed

Fast-track Journalism, Liverpool Community College 

Saeed chose his course because it offered a practical qualification, recognised throughout the industry. He has always liked to be the first to tell people news and loves writing about all subjects.

Before studying for the NCTJ diploma, Saeed completed a BA in International Journalism and MA in Politics and European Studies.

Russell Moore

BA Sports Journalism, University of Brighton

Russell has always loved sports and also enjoys creative writing so a career in sports journalism allows him to combine his passions. 

He is looking forward to following a career path that he can enjoy.

Katherine Mulraney

Academic Year Journalism, City College Brighton and Hove

Katherine is a qualified history teacher with a MA in History and is now looking for a change in career. She wants to write stories that people want to read and enjoys writing about a wide range of interests.

She says Brighton is a great place for news with lots of interesting events and people, as well as a selection of free papers.