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David Blood

"The Digital Journalism programme combines traditional news and feature writing with modern digital techniques: skills now most in demand in the industry."

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Year graduated 2015
Occupation Interactive Data Journalist at Financial Times
Country United Kingdom

"My job is about finding ways to use data, code and multimedia to enrich and improve storytelling across the newsroom.

The Digital Journalism programme combines traditional news and feature writing with modern digital techniques, including video production, data visualisation and coding: skills now most in demand in the industry. I also spent several weeks working on EastLondonLines, the local news website, including running the 2015 General Election coverage. This allowed me to practise my news writing and editing skills as well as use data to analyse the local results.


I was attracted to the programme because it is run with the Department of Computing, so I knew the technical side would be grounded in real computer science. This is not a journalism programme with a bit of techie stuff just bolted on!

A great strength of the Masters
is the lecturers’ knowledge of the industry and understanding of the importance of networking. I was encouraged to attend events and pursue internship opportunities that opened a lot of doors for me."

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