Myriah Towner – BA (Hons) Journalism
Catch up with Myriah Towner, who graduated from BA (Hons) Journalism at London College of Communication in 2013. We hear what she's been up to since graduating.
Where are you working at the moment? In what role?
Currently, I provide storytelling and communications support for a nonprofit that assists urban farmers and community gardeners, educators, farmers markets, compost experts and food hubs that are all increasing access to fresh, locally-grown food.
What are some recent interesting projects you’ve worked on?
One of my most recent, interesting projects I have worked on includes a digital platform I co-curated and launched with the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture in 2015. The Emmett Till Project commemorates the legacy of the 1955 murder of Emmett Louis Till.
The project is curated as an aggregate for unpacking the historical case and highlighting its connection with contemporary inequalities concerning race and the criminalization of black youth in America.
What drives you to succeed?
From a young age, I have always been ambitious but I think knowing the sacrifices people made before to get me where I am today has always driven me. I want to be successful so I can, in turn, help others and pay it forward.
What are your future plans and ambitions?
I am currently working on one of my passion projects that aims to preserve the cultural heritage and legacy of Black farmers in the U.S. I would love for that project to successfully capture and elevate the voices of black farmers, and document their history with America's food. Ultimately, my heart is to serve, so I hope I can do this through this work.
What did you study at LCC and what year did you graduate?
I studied on the BA (Hons) Journalism course at LCC and graduated in July 2013.
Why did you choose to study this course and why LCC?
I chose to study on the journalism course because I understood the power of storytelling. I wanted to hone in and really develop that skill so I could help elevate the voices of those not being heard. Studying on the journalism course gave me a solid foundation of skills to build upon in my pursuit of a career in journalism.
I chose LCC particularly because of the opportunity to, one, study abroad full time, and two, study at a college with a history of producing really great journalists and storytellers.
What is the most important thing you learned while studying on your course?
I learned so many incredibly valuable lessons and skills while studying on the journalism course, but I think by far the most important thing I learned is to thoughtfully listen. Everyone has a story, and most are willing to share if you just take time to listen. Some of my best stories, and even some of my greatest friendships have come from taking the time to learn someone else's story.
How has the course helped you be where you are today?
The journalism course opened doors for me to participate in several work placements while I was in university, from Women's Wear Daily's London bureau to The Daily Telegraph. I was able to gain invaluable experience in the creative industries while as a student.
The course provided me with the skills to be a competitive applicant for jobs, and ultimately helped provide me with the skills to participate in a very rigorous journalism training scheme.
What piece of advice would you give to new students?
My advice for new students would be to take advantage of all of the opportunities and resources that you have available to you as a student at UAL. You're in a unique position to meet incredible new people, network with former graduates and gain a new perspective from all of the art and creativity surrounding you.
I would also say to make sure you participate in several work placements - the experience will not only be great for your CV, but it will also give you more clarity on what direction you want to go with your career.
What are your fondest memories of LCC?
My fondest memories of LCC are the people: the students and tutors who have become lifelong friends. They have helped shape me into who I am today and made my experience of not only studying at LCC, but abroad in another country for the first time, all the more rich.
What three words would you use to best describe LCC?
Creative, innovative and supportive.