By-lines in one of the UK’s most read newspapers, covering a fascinating general election and interviewing some of the most influential sport stars in the country – the beginning of Jessica’s journalism career has been quite a ride.

A keen writer from a young age, Jessica started a blog before deciding it was something she was determined to turn into a career. She joined the programme at UCFB through the Media Diversity Bursary Scheme, which is aimed at opening up opportunities for young people from diverse ethnic and social backgrounds, in partnership with the Evening Standard and Independent newspapers. Through this scheme she balanced her studies at UCFB with work at the Evening Standard – London’s leading newspaper.

In her role as a news reporter she has covered politics, sport, business and community, and the fast paced, ever changing landscape of the job sat alongside her 20-week NCTJ programme perfectly, complementing classroom learning with on the job experience. The NCTJ Diploma in Journalism is one of the most recognised qualifications in British media, and is often quoted as the “kite mark” of quality when employers are looking for new staff.

There have been tonnes of stories I’ve loved covering but I’ll never forget my first ever by-line which was a story about a Fort-Knox style vault opening in London, now that was exciting! The NCTJ course has been a challenge but 100 percent worthwhile. It has given me the foundation, skills and knowledge both personally and professionally.”