Student Council Representatives O - W

Elaine O’Flynn

Fast-track Journalism, News Associates, Manchester

Elaine previously completed a degree in International History and Politics (BA Hons) at Leeds University, before going to News Associates in Manchester, where she worked on their internal website and had a weekly placement at the Chorley and Leyland Guardian.

She wants to be a journalist because it's a fast-paced environment, where one day is never the same as the next. She also loves that it's an industry centred around people - their stories, lives and experiences.

Katie Powell

BA Journalism, University of Portsmouth

Katie wants to become a journalist because she enjoys writing and working in a fast-paced, demanding environment. She says she gets a buzz from finding good and original stories before anyone else.

While studying she has gained work experience with the South Wales Argus and Plymouth Herald.

Melvin Rao

Pg/Dip Newspaper Journalism, University of Central Lancashire

Melvin says that journalism is a front row ticket to watch history unfolding. He wants to one day be fortunate enough to write a story that commands people's attention world wide, exposes corruption, aids democracy and changes people's lives forever. 

He previously gained a BA in Music Broadcasting and National Certificate in Radio Production and has completed placements with the Stockport Express, BBC Radio Stoke, BBC Manchester, BBC 5live and the Liverpool Daily Post and Echo, as well as editing a student newspaper and presenting a weekly magazine show on Pure 107.8 FM.

Nicholas Robinson

BA Magazine Journalism, University of Sunderland 

Nicholas enjoys the thrill of gathering facts and finding stories, and then finds it interesting writing up what he has found. While studying, he currently edits a range of online publications and contributes to even more.

He chose his course because of the facilities and location of the university.

Cherie Rowlands

BA Journalism, De Montfort University 

Cherie worked in the pharmaceutical industry for several years before deciding to re-train as a journalist. She enjoys meeting people and interviewing different characters as well as writing engaging stories. Cherie chose her course because of the industry experience of the tutors.

Ceriann Rush

BA Journalism Studies, University of Sheffield

Ceriann has always loved to read and write and is interested in current affairs. She loves to actively participate in what’s going on around her and that has added to her desire to be a journalist. During her studies, Ceriann has gained work experience with The Scunthorpe Evening Telegraph and is due to start a placement at the Hull Daily Mail.

David Sharman

Pg/Dip Journalism, De Montfort University

David won a young journalist contest in his local paper at the age of ten and has wanted to be a journalist ever since. He studied English Language at the University of Essex before beginning his postgraduate study and also completed work experience at the Harborough Mail, the Northants Evening Telegraph and the Leicester Mercury.

Greg Stuart

MA Journalism, Brunel University

Greg completed a degree in English Literature at Exeter with a year’s study in Toronto and a two-month editorial internship at Art Review. He particularly wants to get into automotive journalism as he is passionate about cars, but enjoys writing about all subjects.

Carri-Ann Taylor

MA Print Journalism, University of Sheffield

Prior to training to be a journalist Carri Ann studied English at Liverpool and completed work experience at the Liverpool Echo and Warrington Guardian. Carri Ann wants to be a journalist because she’s ‘very nosy’ and interested in people and events. She also believes journalism plays an important role in scrutinising actions and decision makers.

Gemma Taylor

MA Journalism, Kingston University

Gemma previously studied English at Swansea University and then took a gap year travelling before starting her masters.

She wants to be a travel and environmental journalist as she feels that eco issues lend themselves well to feature writing and the environment will be at the top of the news agenda for years to come. 

Kieran Walsh

Fast-track Newspaper Journalism, News Associates, London

Kieran wants to help inform people and cause them to comments on events, both big and small. He says that his course mirrors bustling newsroom with an intense environment, but the teaching staff ensure it is enjoyable.

Richard Welbirg

Pg/Dip Newspaper Journalism, Cardiff University 

Richard completed a degree in Economics at University College London before studying journalism and has also gained some work experience at The Times and Camden New Journal.

He enjoys writing and reporting and is excited about the future of the media and his potential role in it. Richard chose his course partly due to employment record of past students.

Hugh Woozencroft

MA Sports Journalism, St Mary’s University College Twickenham

Hugh studied Philosophy and Politics before moving into journalism. He is particularly interested in sports journalism and also wants to maintain debate and entertainment through his work.

Scarlett Wrench

Certificate in Journalism (Sub-Editing), Brighton Journalist Works

Scarlett previously spent time touring with her band The Malchicks before staring her journalism course. She wants a job with the potential to surprise and challenge her each day, and loves to write and read other people’s work. She also says she’s quite curious and enjoys talking to people to get her stories.