Dija Pandor – BA (Hons) Journalism

Dija Pandor, alumni of BA (Hons) Journalism at London College of Communication

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

I’ve wanted to be a journalist since I was 12 years old, after an English teacher told me my writing was very opinionated and the career path would suit me. I felt that journalism could change the world and give voices to people who weren’t often heard. I chose to study at LCC as it was and still is regarded as one of the best journalism schools in the UK, and I thought this would benefit my career goals.

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

I learned the importance of fact-checking.  As a journalist, your word holds particular weight, so it is vital that you double and triple check your facts to make sure they’re accurate.

What are your fondest memories of LCC?

Working on the Arts London News with my friends – it was the first time I felt like a proper journalist.

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

It gave me the foundation and building blocks for my career.

What three words would you use to best describe LCC?

International. Creative. Friendly.

What piece of advice would you give to new students?

Don’t be afraid to ask for help if you’re struggling, your health and wellbeing is the most important thing. University should be a fun and enjoyable chapter in your life.

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

I work at BBC News. I’ve worked on a fair few interesting projects but the ones that stand out the most are working as part of the launch team for BBC Weather Watchers – the BBC’s first digital crowdsourcing project. I was also working as part of the logistics team for the 10th annual BBC News School Report News Day, and working overnight at the Elstree Hub for the 2017 General Election.

Could you describe your style or what you try to achieve with your work?

As a BBC journalist, impartiality and accuracy are at the heart of everything I do.

Name three things you couldn't be creative without:

A good team, social media, tea.

If you could work with any client in the world, who would it be and what would you want to work on?

I would love to work with Google News Lab, either with the Witness Media Lab, First Draft or on Project Shield.

What drives you to succeed?

My desire to change the world for the better and to help people.

Where in London do you (or did you used to) go when you need a little inspiration?

If I’m ever feeling lost I like to go to the Southbank. Something about the view, the lights and the river just calms your soul and grounds you.

What are your future plans and ambitions?

To work on more international news and current affairs content, especially those with a human rights focus. My ambition is to change the world and help as many people as I possibly can.


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