Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Cultures

School of Media and Communication


Interested in a career in news and current affairs reporting?

Roger Stevens Lecture Theatre 23

Come along and listen to our panel of experts tell you how they broke into the field, what a typical day in the life is like; and how they went from being a University of Leeds student to working at a media organisation.

Speakers include Simon Buckby (Former advisor to Tony Blair), Helen Clifford (Panorama), Dan Hewitt (ITV Political Correspondent), Samantha Magnus (press officer in the Prime Minister’s Office and Cabinet Office) and Nick Raikes (video journalist for BBC Politics).

There is also a chance to network with the guest speakers afterwards in the POLIS common room area, level 13, Social Sciences Building, 2-3pm.

Simon Buckby is a Managing Partner at international business communications consultancy, Instinctif Partners. He graduated from Leeds with a 2:1 in history in 1988. He has been a journalist for the Financial Times and a political reporter for the BBC.

Daniel Hewitt is an award-winning political correspondent for ITV News. Having started as a bulletin producer in Birmingham, Daniel has gone on to report on some of the biggest stories of the last five years for both ITV Granada and ITV Network news including two general elections, the EU Referendum, the Manchester terror attack, the Grenfell fire and the murder of Lee Rigby for which ITV Granada was nominated for a BAFTA. He regularly interviews the most powerful politicians in the country including the Prime Minister, and was recently praised by Jeremy Corbyn for his investigation into child poverty.

Samantha Magnus graduated from the University of Leeds in 2016 with a BA (Hons) in Politics and Parliamentary Studies. While at Leeds, she interned in the US Senate and UK Parliament, later becoming the Parliamentary Assistant for the Rt Hon Karen Bradley MP during her placement year.

After a summer break travelling, she joined the corporate team of communications agency freuds in September 2016, working with clients ranging from Google to the Women’s Business Council and Girl Effect. While at freuds, Sam began to write freelance political pieces for Refinery29, one of which later made all the mainstream national newspapers.

In January 2018, she left freuds to join the Civil Service, as a Press Officer in the Prime Minister’s Office and Cabinet Office. In her new role she specializes in media relations on a variety of areas from constitutional reform to increasing diversity in public appointments.

Nick Raikes is a Video Journalist for BBC Politics. In his current role he creates video content for BBC News’ social media, website and app. Nick joined the BBC on their Journalism Trainee Scheme in 2016 after studying International Relations at Leeds.

During his time at the BBC he has worked in radio on Radio 4’s Today programme, WATO, PM and Radio Cambridgeshire and in TV on the Victoria Derbyshire programme, where he produced and reported items.

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