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Sarah Carmody

Sarah Carmody

Press Officer for a Political Candidate

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Biography

​What was your highlight whilst at Leeds Trinity University?

During my second year, I uncovered a story which was eventually published in The Sun newspaper. It was about how an actor launched a tirade of homophobic abuse towards one of their fans. It taught me that anything is possible if you're willing to work hard and investigate.

Where did you go for your professional work placement?

I went to Diva in London which is the UK's top lesbian and bisexual magazine. I also went to the BBC in Leeds. Both were fantastic!

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

Journalism students need to read the newspapers! You can't expect to get anywhere in the industry without having a sound knowledge of what's happening in the world.

What has been your career path since graduating?

When I first left University I went on to work as a Press Officer for Greg Mulholland.  I learnt an awful lot from Greg. He's a wonderful MP and a genuinely nice person. I then moved on to my current position which I see as a natural progression.

What would be your dream job?

Chief Press Officer for the Prime Minister.

What person would you most like to work with?

Alistair Campbell.

Who is your hero?

I'm going to say Leonora Cohen who was a member of the British Suffragettes. I really admire what she and other women did to ensure that we are all able to vote.  

What is your most embarrassing career moment?

I have hundreds. I was once driving the Secretary of State for Transport through Leeds. I got caught unexpectedly at a set of traffic lights and preceded to shout a swear word really loudly. 

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

I love politics. Politics is my idea of fun. I'd probably do something politics-related abroad.

Sum yourself up in three words.

Determined. Passionate. Crazy.