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Kate Russell

Kate Russell

Editor at the content creation company, Quill




I actually had three placements during my time here. Vice, Cosmopolitan and Weight Watchers Magazine.​

Kate Russell returned to campus to speak at Journalism Week 2015. We went along to her session to find more about what she had been up to since graduating in 2013.

What jobs have you done since graduating?

When I graduated in 2013, I went on to become a features Intern at Cosmopolitan Magazine which I absolutely loved. After that I worked as Editor at the content creation company, Quill. I edited content and copy to a professional standard. I also freelance at various outlets.

What was your highlight whilst at Leeds Trinity?

Whilst I was writing for the Yorkshire Voice Magazine, Angelina Jolie announced that she'd had a double mastectomy, it was a really big story at the time. I managed to track down two women in Yorkshire who'd had the same surgery and interview them. I felt really good writing up the story. It was a privilege to work on and I was really happy with the final product.

Where did you go for your professional work placement?

I actually had three placements during my time here. Vice, Cosmopolitan and Weight Watchers Magazine.

What one piece of advice would you give to current students?

You can be anything you want to be! You just have to be 100% committed in everything you do and not be afraid of making mistakes.

Kate with alumni Josh and Daniel who also spoke at Journalism Week and Catherine O'Connor.

What would be your Dream job?

Cosmopolitan Editor! No question about it.

What person would you most like to work with?

I'm going to have to say two. Fiona Cowood and Rosie Mullender at Cosmopolitan Magazine. They're both ridiculously good at their jobs but so nice and encouraging at the same time. Definitely my dream team.

Who is your hero?

It would have to be my Mum! She's such a cool chick! 

What is your most embarrassing career moment?

When I returned to Cosmopolitan to do some freelancing (I'd previously been there for two unsuccessful interviews) I didn't recognise one of the people who had interviewed me.  They tried to greet me as I walked through the door but I just completely blanked her. I felt like such an idiot as I'd met her on a number of occasions but luckily she saw the funny side.

If you were to take a gap year, what would you do?

There are a lot of holidays that I really want to take. I'd definitely go skiing for a few months and then go to Las Vegas. I love Roller Derby and Vegas holds the famous 'RollerCon' Convention so I would definitely go there. Then, maybe an American road trip – if I have enough money left. 

Sum yourself up in three words.

Laughs a lot.