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New site 'tells is like it is' on getting a media career


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Getting a job in the media industry relies on ‘experience’, and learning from the experience from others already working in it.

The Media EclecticIt is with this in mind that ten recent graduates have launched The Media Eclectic, where they aim to ‘tell it like it is’ as they as they embark on a variety of different careers within the media business.

The site brings together ten people who were active across student media last year, and had huge success. During their time at university, they won a total of 14 national awards between them for their work across newspapers, television, magazines and radio.

In fact, one founder Jago Pearson, one of the founders, impressed us so much setting up the Epinal (the first independent student publication at Loughborough) that we gave him the award for Outstanding Commitment to a Student Publication at the first Student Publication Association Awards last year.

Joining him, in their words, is the 'UK’s best on-screen student personality two BBC journalists and countless other ex-station managers, editors, producers and presenters who are now forging a professional career in the industry.'

Co-Founder, Tom Allright, who is now a member of the BBC Production Talent Pool after a three-year period in student radio, said: “In just a few weeks of being within the BBC environment, I have learnt so much and been assisted by some incredibly talented people. It is such a shame that all of the guidance provided to students wanting to go into the media isn’t of similar quality.”

Pearson added, “The ten of us all have different skills, ambitions and paths we are taking within the broad career route that is ‘media’. Instead of pretending we know it all, we hope that by telling it how it is during our first year in and around the professional business, we’ll be able to entertain and inform our peers who are looking to do the same.“ 

The Media Eclectic will run for twelve months, with each of the ten bloggers detailing their successes, trials and tribulations along the way via the medium of written blogs, video, audio and user interaction.

Connor Pearce, former manager of his student television station, said: “And it won’t all be serious. There will be some laughs along the way. We’ll inevitably mess up, but our readers should relate to that. We aim to just cut out the irrelevant general advice and really tell it how it is in a way our peers can understand.” 

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