Music Journalism students making headlines

Student Success

From radio interviews to meeting Duran Duran and grilling The Maccabees, the first term of BIMM Brighton’s new Music Journalism course has been fast paced, exciting and definitely memorable… and our students are only just getting started!

The course is in safe hands with BA (Hons) Music Journalism Course Leader, Jacqui Swift, at the helm. Jacqui is an award-winning music journalist who has spent nearly 20 years working across newspapers, magazines, online and TV. She’s Music Editor of The Sun’s ‘Something For The Weekend’ section and has also worked for Melody Maker, Smash Hits, Rolling Stone, Q Magazine, CD/UK, and World Pop. Throughout her career she’s interviewed the likes of Coldplay, Sir Paul McCartney, Ed Sheeran, Foo Fighters, Lily Allen, Robbie Williams, Pearl Jam, Oasis, Rod Stewart, Beck, Billy Joel and many more.

BIMM Music Journalism is unique because it prepares those on the course for the music industry from the very beginning. The focus is on ‘studying as you work’ with students taking on the role of journalists from day one. According to Jacqui, this has meant that even at this early date, most of the students on the course already have features published in national magazines and newspapers:

“The first term has gone really well! Our students have already interviewed the likes of The Maccabees, All Time Low, Twenty One Pilots, Coasts and Maverick Sabre. They even got to meet Duran Duran, and we had Conor Mason from Nothing But Thieves come in to do a talk, which was hugely exciting for everyone involved.”

But the opportunities haven’t stopped there. The journalism students have continued to launch themselves into the music industry by interviewing further big names, going backstage at gigs, covering festivals, working with the Head of Digital at Island Records, and being taught editing techniques and the ins and outs of the radio interview by the breakfast show host of Heart FM.

Jacqui says that feedback even this early on has been impressive, with those in the industry heaping praise upon students:

“By week three of the course, a festival organiser told me that one of his artists had said the interview was really good and mentioned that the questions were a lot better than they get from many professional interviewers – high acclaim indeed!”

BIMM’s celebrated connectivity comes into its own on the Music Journalism course, with students being guided by tutors who work for high profile magazines, newspapers and radio stations. Not only are they all highly active in the music industry, but they also have first-class contacts for internships and work experience, and advice on all aspects of music journalism.

Our students have lots to look forward to this coming term, having just finished their radio module and with TV and on-camera interviewing on the horizon. They’ll also get to go on a number of exciting industry trips, and may be lucky enough to be chosen to undertake enviable festival work experience, interviewing bands and musicians across the UK this coming summer.

So, if you’d like a career as a Music Journalist, feel free to get in touch. Music Journalism is currently running at BIMM Brighton and BIMM Manchester and will be coming soon to BIMM London.

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POSTED ON: March 2, 2016
  • Brighton, Music Marketing, Media and Communication