Callum McCarthy – BA (Hons) Journalism
Callum McCarthy is an alumni of BA (Hons) Journalism at London College of Communication, he talks to us about his projects during the course and advice for new students.
How would you describe your practice
What did you study at LCC and what year did you graduate?
BA (Hons) Journalism, graduating in 2014.
Why did you choose to study this course and why LCC?
I’ve never wanted to be anything other than a journalist, and had committed to working as a journalist before I left secondary school. I had no real desire to go to university, but once I’d met the staff, toured the facilities and was informed of opportunities to work on self-initiated projects and the Arts London News (now Artefact), I didn’t want to be anywhere else.
What piece of advice would you give to new students?
Ready-made opportunities for journalists wanting to work ethically are scarcer than ever before. You have to want to be a journalist with almost everything you have, and you have to be prepared to go it alone, grind hard and freelance in order to do work you enjoy all of the time.
Learn what concessions you are willing to make, listen to your conscience and above all, don’t worry. Your skillset makes you employable in a huge variety of other roles that don’t involve working for terrible people. Everything is going to be okay.
Where are you working at the moment and what are some recent interesting projects you’ve worked on?
I work at the inventively-named SportBusiness Group, where I’m a journalist reporting on the business of sport. ‘Interesting’ is a subjective term in this case, but I’m currently working on investigating the relationship between energy company Gazprom and professional sports bodies in Russia.
What drives you to succeed?
The fear of failure.
Where in London do you (or did you used to) go when you need a little inspiration?
The Darkroom bar, which was a terrible idea I repeated again and again.
What are your future plans and ambitions?
To calm down a bit, enjoy life a bit more, and hopefully end up working in a profession where I can help people enjoy theirs a little bit more too.
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