Saturday, 8 March 2008

Our latest editor

We had a first at PMA's graduation ceremony yesterday. On the panel of editors was Sarah MacKinlay, who graduated a year ago and who starts work next week as editor of Iain Dale's new magazine Total Politics.

Usually it takes a little longer than 12 months for a student of ours to reach the editor's chair. Sarah's done it in record time and was a great inspiration to this course's graduates.

Of our cohort of 10 on the 2008 winter course, all gained their Postgraduate Diploma in Magazine Journalism.

One already has a job, and the rest are mainly on second interviews or following up promising leads. There are jobs to be had in the B2B sector, despite general media turmoil and fears of recession - a vindication of our policy of focusing of pushing students in that direction. Infact, they are able to pick and choose.

Sarah also got an informal, and very kind, masterclass in how to present her new magazine to the press from another of our panelists, Torin Douglas, the BBC's media correspondent. I'm not sure she had quite realised the level of interest there will be in Total Politics when it hits the streets in a couple of months. She has now.

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