Student Council independent and FE representatives 2021

The Student Council enables NCTJ students and apprentices from across the UK, to communicate their views on journalism training through their elected student representatives.

Student Council representatives from NCTJ-accredited independent providers and Further Education courses will meet remotely on Friday, 26 March 2021.

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Find out about each of the representatives below.

Jessica Broadbent
News Associates London
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Jessica completed her NCTJ diploma with News Associates in Twickenham earlier this month. She is currently trying her hand at freelancing before starting as a trainee sub-editor at the Daily Mail in September (which she still can’t quite believe!). In a previous life she worked in the wine trade, travelling the world to pick grapes and market wines – and now also writes about them thanks to the qualification and confidence gained at News Associates. She is also a big fan of cats and surfing.

Adam Davidson
Darlington College
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Adam graduated from the University of Sheffield in 2019 with a 2:1 (BA Hons) in English literature. Adam is now studying the NCTJ journalism course at Darlington College.

Danielle Desouza
PA Training
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Danielle Desouza is a news apprentice at PA Media and is currently undertaking her journalism diploma with PA Training. Additionally, she is the podcast coordinator and blog editor for the media charity, GlobalGirl Media UK, which teaches media skills to BAME and underprivileged females. Her work has been featured in Yahoo, the Independent and gal-dem, and she was selected as a Journo Resources Fellow in September 2020 for her feature on refugee comics and male refugees’ mental health. She has also spoken on the BBC several times about voting and graduate unemployment. She hopes to improve diversity in the media.

Emma Cary
News Associates London
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Emma Cary is a multilingual and Muay-thai trained journalist who, after years of working across Europe, has made her way back to British shores once more. Her decision to get into journalism was inspired by the many stories she heard along the way. These have come through her work with refugees, asylum-seekers, and other migrant groups in Paris and London, alongside her postgraduate research concerning issues of social justice in education and her experiences in the world of film/television. She is currently studying for her NCTJ with News Associates in London.

Harry Garside
News Associates London
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Harry Garside is currently studying the NCTJ Diploma in Multimedia Sports Journalism at News Associates in London. Harry achieved a First Class Honours degree in Sociology and Criminology at the University of Surrey before joining the News Associates programme. Harry has a longstanding passion for sports journalism and has undertaken various work experience opportunities at the Daily Mail and most recently with Tennishead. He also writes a darts blog called Talking Arrows. His long-term goal is to become a sports reporter for a national newspaper. In his spare time, Harry enjoys playing football and watching true crime shows. 

Morgan Johnson
City of Wolverhampton College
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Morgan will be 22 once she has completed her course at City of Wolverhampton College. Morgan felt like this NCTJ course was perfect for her because journalism is always something she wanted to do. She felt like the NCTJ could offer many opportunities after graduating from university. She is interested in current affairs, sport and politics, and would love to be a reporter for a national news organisation. Morgan is really enjoying the course and thinks everything she is being taught and trained on, is vital for becoming a journalist. The course is going well for her and she is excited for the future.

Conor McClean
North West Regional College
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Conor McClean is a trainee journalist from Derry City, Northern Ireland. He has been working in the creative industry for 15 years. Following his passions for music and film, he has travelled throughout Ireland, the UK and Europe. Conor has studied music production, creative technologies and moving image arts. After numerous years performing as a musician, he ventured into film and television production. With experience working in departments such as the art department, cameras, costume and editing. He is currently working freelance with local news outlet the Derry Journal.

Milly McEvoy
News Associates Manchester
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Milly McEvoy is a student on News Associates’ Multimedia Sports Journalism course in Manchester. Before joining News Associates in September 2020, Milly studied history at the University of Sheffield, completing a dissertation on cricket in the 1960s. While studying for her NCTJ diploma, she has covered women’s rugby and cricket including being the only journalist present at Sale Sharks Women’s maiden victory in the Premier 15s. Upon completing her course at New Associates, Milly aims to cover women’s sport or cricket full-time. Her interests outside of studying include listening to podcasts, reading about women’s sport and volunteering with Anthony Nolan. 

Sarah O'Hara
City of Liverpool College
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Sarah is currently studying the NCTJ Diploma at the City of Liverpool College. Originally a musician, she uses her arts background to inform her journalism. In 2018, she researched and created the first digital magazine about Liverpool Royal Court Theatre’s history as a music venue between 1980-2005. She is passionate about sharing untold stories from communities and supporting the work of creatives and arts and culture organisations through her journalism. Sarah is working towards a career on a features desk and has already begun to write feature articles that provide new perspectives on tv, film and more. 

Leila Zerai
Sutton College
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Leila Zerai is studying for her NCTJ diploma in journalism at Sutton College. She has always had an interest in journalism and has arrived at her studies after working as a lawyer until a couple of years ago. She has a wide range of interests, from current affairs to international issues and culture. Leila is enjoying her studies and learning new skills. She enjoys news writing and feature writing, and she has also found video journalism very interesting. She has also been interning at a local newspaper to complement her studies. Leila writes a blog at