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'Perspectives' Lecture on Careers in Journalism

Wednesday 24 March 2021, 7.00pm 

At the next Bolton School Girls’ Division ‘Perspectives’ Lecture, a panel of speakers will talk about the privileges and challenges of a career in journalism and the media. The panel will draw upon their wide range of experience to reflect upon why they would encourage young people to enter the profession, and what the sector might look like when they do.

The panel consists of Old Girls Kathryn Austin (Class of 2019), a current student of Multimedia Journalism; Stephanie Gabbatt (Class of 2013), Journalist with the BBC’s World Service; Kathryn Knight (Class of 1989), freelance features writer for publications including the Daily Mail, the Radio Times and Grazia; and Kate McGeown (Class of 1994), a former BBC journalist who now works in communications for the Department for International Development; alongside Girls’ Division parent Amanda Killelea, features writer for the Daily Mirror.

Perspective Lectures are free to attend via Zoom and are open to pupils in Year 10 and above, parents, Alumni, all other members of the School and to the local community. Please register via the link below to receive the Zoom code on the day:

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‘Perspectives’ is a new lecture series hosted by the Girls’ Division, currently on Zoom, with events scheduled to take place once every half term. The inaugural lecture was given by Old Girl Sally-Anne Huang.

About our panellists:

Kathryn Austin (Class of 2019) has had a keen interest in journalism and the media world from an early age and attended Bolton School Girl’s Division from 2012-19. She studied Politics, History and English Language at A-Level as well as being editor of the school newspaper during her time at school. Since leaving Bolton School, Kathryn has undertaken a BA (Hons) Multimedia Journalism degree at the University of Salford, of which she is currently in her second year. The degree has already brought with it a lot of opportunities, including being able to cover the 2019 General Election through the night from a live newsroom. With modules exploring the likes of Law & Ethics and Celebrity Journalism, she has been able to identify potential career options. These include the possibility of becoming a journalist, a Media Lawyer or pursuing a role in Public Relations. Kathryn regularly contributes articles to the news website Salford Now as well as gaining work experience writing content and digital marketing on the behalf of several local businesses.

Stephanie Gabbatt (Class of 2013) is a Broadcast Journalist for the BBC World Service in London, creating daily TV bulletins for broadcast globally in different languages. After studying English Literature at the University of York, and Broadcast Journalism at the University of Central Lancashire, she began her career at a commercial radio station before moving to the Channel Islands to work for the BBC in both radio and TV. Since then, she has worked as both a presenter and newsreader, reporting on major sports events and general elections, and, most recently, working as part of the team behind the BBC’s 100 Women list for 2020, highlighting the work of influential women - from celebrity activists to scientists working on Covid vaccines.

Amanda Killelea (Parent) is 47 years old and the mother of two girls, both of whom are pupils in the Girls’ Division. She has been a journalist for 25 years, starting off at her local paper and then working her way through the regional press, including the Lancashire Telegraph and Manchester Evening News, before becoming a feature writer at the Daily Mirror. Her work there is very varied, ranging from interviewing politicians and celebrities, to carrying out in-depth investigations and reporting on real-life stories.

Kathryn Knight (Class of 1989) After studying English Literature at Lincoln College, Oxford, Kathryn embarked on a graduate traineeship with The Times, working as a news reporter for four years before moving to the Daily Express as a feature writer and columnist. She then went on to first the Mail on Sunday and then the Daily Mail, working as a feature writer and interviewer before making the decision to go freelance fourteen years ago. Since then, she has written across nearly all our national newspapers as well as for a variety of weekly and monthly magazines, from Grazia and Marie Claire to the Radio Times. Her career has taken her from Australia and the United States to   - quite literally  - Outer Mongolia, and she has interviewed everyone from Jonathan Ross to Julia Roberts and Claudia Winkleman to Cara Delevigne as well as many other (often far more fascinating) ‘non celebrities' with a story to tell.

Kate McGeown (Class of 1994) studied Biology and Anthropology at Oxford University, where she also edited the university magazine. After a year living in the hills of Guatemala and completing a Postgraduate Diploma in Journalism, she joined the BBC as a researcher for the science programme Tomorrow's World. But her passion for international affairs led her to switch to foreign news, and a global BBC career as a TV, radio and online correspondent. She specialised in South East Asia, reporting for flagship programmes such as Newsnight, News at 10 and Newshour, and was based in the region for five years. Back in the UK, Kate worked as a producer for a variety of TV and radio programmes, and as the Asia Editor of the BBC News website. She then decided to move into international development, helping BBC Media Action to set up radio programmes and websites on health and governance information in rural Nigeria, and conducting media training for UN staff working on the Syria crisis in Turkey. In the quest for something more manageable with three small children, she now works in communications for the UK Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office. Kate is currently on maternity leave and is based in Jerusalem.

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