Alice Grahns – BA (Hons) Journalism

Alice Grahns graduated in 2017 from BA (Hons) Journalism. Here she talks about what brought her to London, what she found special about studying at LCC and offers welcoming advice to new students. We also hear a little about her life post-graduation.

What did you study at LCC and what year did you graduate?

I studied BA (Hons) Journalism and graduated in 2017.

How would you describe your practice (e.g. are you a photographer, filmmaker, designer, illustrator etc)?

I’m a journalist, editor and freelancer.

Where are you from in the world?

I’m originally from Sweden but my family is scattered around the world.

Why did you choose to study this course and why LCC?

I’ve always loved meeting new people and writing stories ever since I was a young girl, so journalism was the right route to take for me. LCC is an incredibly creative community and provides loads of opportunities for its students.

What is the most important thing you learned while studying on your course?

That nothing’s impossible. Whatever idea you may have, never give up trying to pursue it. You never know who you might cross paths with!

What are your fondest memories of LCC?

I have loads! When I was working on Artefact magazine in the third year, I got the chance to talk to the most inspiring people on a weekly basis. That’s when I knew for sure that journalism was the right choice for me.

How has the course helped you be where you are today?

It has given me the tools to develop my skills as a journalist and has boosted my confidence in asking challenging questions. It has also helped me get internships and work placements during my time at university, which in turn led to me being offered several jobs before I even graduated.

What piece of advice would you give to new students?

Make the most of your time at university, three years fly by quicker than you may think. The tutors have some amazing experience and don’t forget to use all the facilities while you have access to them.

Where are you working at the moment and what are some recent interesting projects you’ve worked on?

I’m currently working as a writer and section editor at the UK’s best-selling financial magazine MoneyWeek. I’m also freelancing on the side for various publications.

What drives you to succeed?

Having loads of responsibilities and working under pressure - without it I get bored!

What are your future plans and ambitions?

To go wherever my gut’s telling me to! Working as a journalist in London has given me plenty of opportunities, and I’m excited for whatever’s to come in the future.


Follow Alice on Twitter @alicegrahns