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If you've applied to study Journalism or Broadcast Journalism, you'll be invited to attend an interview.

We are currently conducting all our Journalism interviews by telephone.

Once you have completed your interview we will be able to make a decision about your offer.

We understand the prospect of an interview can be daunting, so we’d like to reassure you by telling you a bit about our approach.

Our Journalism degree is professionally accredited by the National Council for the Training of Journalists (NCTJ), and our Broadcast Journalism degree by the Broadcast Journalism Training Council (BJTC).

This means they meet the highest standard of journalism training. It also means we need to interview you before we can make you an offer.

The interview is not designed to trick you or catch you out. We want you to share why you want a career in journalism or communications, and the passion and enthusiasm you have to achieve your goals.

Preparing for your interview

Preparing for the informal discussion

Journalism requires excellent communication and interpersonal skills, the presentation of information in an accessible and engaging way, and the ability to understand and consider a broad range of ideas.

We’ll assess your journalism potential at a short, informal discussion with one of our tutors.

You might be asked about your interest in journalism and your understanding of, and engagement with, major news stories and some of the current issues in the world of journalism.

You should come prepared to talk about the following topics:

  • What are the most important skills a journalist needs?
  • What are the current major news stories?
  • Is it acceptable for journalists to freely use personal information they find on social networking sites
  • Do celebrities have a right to privacy?
  • What can journalists do to make sure that members of the public trust them?
  • What experience have you had so far? In particular, bring any examples of writing that you have produced.

It is important to carry out some research before the discussion.

The following websites may be useful, but feel free to use other sources:

Use any notes you have made or other materials to support your discussion – show you've prepared.

Preparing for your news exercise

Live news production is central to our journalism programmes at Leeds Trinity.

From the first year of your studies, you’ll work in our newsrooms and develop the skills to file content on our LT Journalism website.

During the interview, you’ll take part in a news exercise that will allow you to demonstrate your written communication skills.

You won't need to prepare anything for this exercise - just bring passion and enthusiasm.

If you are no longer available for your interview, or you’re running late, please contact us on 0113 283 7123 or email admissions@leedstrinity.ac.uk.

Top tips from our Journalism team

Be calm

Remember it’s an informal chat, not a scary interview.

There are no games or trick questions – we simply want to get to know you and give you the opportunity to meet us.

So try to relax, smile, and above all – enjoy.

Be prepared

Read everything we’ve sent you very carefully – including your interview invitation and confirmation email.

These are designed to give you everything you need to prepare, so check you understand what will happen and what’s being asked of you.

Prepare your answers to questions that will show us why you want to study journalism here.

Think about the kind of questions we might ask you and wherever possible, have examples that illustrate your answers.

  • Why do you want to be a journalist?
  • What do you think makes a good journalist, and how does that apply to you?
  • Where do you get most of your news from?
  • What first made you think of being a journalist?

Be distinctive

Think about the qualities that make a good journalist and how you can demonstrate these. Also think about how you present yourself when answering questions and communicating with others.

Be confident

Tell us about your journalism experience, however big or small.

Students are often doing brilliant work, but can sometimes keep it quiet.

If you've written for a school newspaper, tell us about it.

The same goes for any general writing experience you’ve got – if you’ve got your own blog, or have contributed to others, tell us.

And If you have any examples of work you have produced, please bring them along to tell us about them – we will be impressed.

Be knowledgeable

Make sure you know who and what’s making the news.

Showing that you have an opinion on the discussion topics is great, but make sure that you can back this up with your own experience or research.