Claire Jones presenting a news bulletin in the TV studio 

Claire Jones presenting a news bulletin in the TV studio 

 

Lights camera action!

With bright lights shining everywhere, a dry mouth, shaking hands, and knees knocking, I'll never forget my first time appearing on live television. There's no feeling quite like it – one of the most exhilarating, exciting and nerve-racking experiences I've ever known. I don't think you can ever appreciate how long one minute and thirty seconds is until you're tasked with filling it with informative news content in an articulate way. But thankfully, I was prepared...

When I started my career at the University of Portsmouth I had no idea it would shape my future the way it did. It was there I learnt the valuable lessons of news gathering, interviewing, media law, and the dreaded shorthand, all of which I hugely rely on today. All the while I was making lifelong friends and unforgettable memories. 

After three years I proudly gained a 2:1 degree in Journalism and Media Studies (2010) that marked a wonderful three years of my life. I went on to complete a Master’s in Multimedia Broadcast Journalism at the University of Falmouth, which furthered my skills in broadcasting. 

It was thanks to both of these qualifications that I landed my first job in the business, in my home city, as a trainee reporter for the daily newspaper, the Plymouth Herald. It was here I learnt the trade inside out and really honed my writing skills. The deadlines, stressful situations and responsibilities could never outweigh the huge privilege and immeasurable honour it is to work on a newspaper that is a lifeline for so many people. It’s a job I'm extremely proud to have had.

I went on to proudly become the paper’s education reporter where I undertook numerous investigations. It was these stories that enabled me to win Most Promising Newcomer at the Chartered Institute of Public Relations Education Journalism Awards held at the Houses of Parliament. I also won Daily Print Journalist of the Year at the EDF Energy Awards. 

After three years working at the paper I landed my dream job working at the BBC as a Broadcast Journalist in 2014. Since then I’ve been working in a multimedia newsroom, which has encouraged me to develop new skills quickly in a breaking news environment.
These experiences prepared me for an attachment working for The One Show in Salford and the Online Regional Headquarters in Birmingham.

I most recently worked in the South West current affairs department on a national documentary called Sea Cities. This led to my most recent role working as a producer for the current affairs programme Inside Out South West where I worked on numerous investigative stories. 

I look back at my time at the University of Portsmouth with nothing but fondness. I worked hard and thanks to the opportunities given to me, and those I made for myself, I'm now working in a job that I love and feel so excited for the future.

Thanks for everything, Pompey.