Jennifer McNeil

Broadcast Journalism

Jennifer has come to Leeds from the United States to study broadcast journalism. Travelling to Greece with the Classics Society and interviewing members of the public as part of her course have developed her confidence towards achieving her dream of becoming a news presenter for the BBC.

What do you hope to go on and do when you graduate from the University of Leeds?

I would love to be a television or radio news presenter for the BBC.

What skills and attributes do you think you’ve developed as part of your course?

I've learnt a lot about camera work and editing, which baffled me before. I've also learnt how to do professional presentations, which is really important for my future career. I now have a creative eye, when I watch films or television, I analyse them based on what I've learnt about editing and television production.

What skills and attributes do you think you’ve developed from co-curricular activities?

I think I've learnt to be more out going. I went on a trip to Greece with the Classics Society and I was the only person who wasn't a Classics student and from the UK. I was able to make some new friends from a different course through by putting myself out there. I think that's a really important skill for my future as a journalist, but also just as a student.

How will these skills and attributes help you achieve what you want to do when you graduate?

I guess in relation to being a journalist, you've got to be outgoing. This year, I participated in voxpops, where we go down to Millennium Square or the city centre with some recording equipment and literally just go up to people and record them answering questions. It's vital that you get comfortable doing something like that.

What has been your proudest moment while studying at Leeds?

I think that there were two moments. The first was walking into my orientation during Fresher's Week. It was a very long journey to get to Leeds, and I don't mean just distance-wise, so sitting down in that lecture theatre in Roger Stevens and seeing my peers for the next three years...I cannot describe that feeling in words. The second moment was getting back my first semester marks. I was so proud of myself for reaching a personal goal I'd given to myself of getting a first in one of my modules. It was my voice training module too, so that was really special to me.

How do you think you are benefiting from studying at Leeds?

The international students on my course bring a whole new perspective, and it really adds to the course and helps to give all of us an international view rather than a national view. Also, Leeds has one of the best Broadcast Journalism programmes in the world, so how could I not benefit from studying here?!