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DMU graduate interviews PM

When Ella Griffith graduated from De Montfort University Leicester (DMU) this year she never thought that just a few months into her career she’d be interviewing the Prime Minister.

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During the PM’s recent visit to Leeds, in which he unveiled plans to upgrade rail links in North England, Ella, who freelances for Heart FM in Yorkshire and Capital FM, was handed the opportunity to be part of a team to interview David Cameron and Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne.

The 21-year-old from Sutton in Craven, who graduated with a First Class honours degree in Journalism, questioned the PM on the new rail plans and the time it will take for the lines to be ready.

Ella was blown away to be given the opportunity to interview such a high-profile politician.

She said: “I was excited but very nervous, to the point where my microphone was wobbling and I kept forgetting my question but when it came to my turn, the nerves melted away.

“I asked them why the North hadn't had any new rail lines for 120 years and if it were to be ready in 12 years, would that be 12 years too late. David Cameron spoke to me first and I took a chance and sneakily asked a follow up question!

“The buzz was amazing and for the majority of the interview I was struggling to listen because I was just so excited to be sitting next to David Cameron and George Osborne.”

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During her studies, Ella gained vital employment experience through DMU’s pioneering Frontrunner scheme which saw her become the news editor for Demon FM, DMU’s student radio station.

“My time at Demon FM and my degree in Journalism allowed me to build a platform of skills which meant I walked into my work experience with some idea of what to expect,” Ella added.

“I doubt I'd have got to where I am now without those initial experiences.”

Fellow graduates of the course have gone on to work for major newspaper groups, magazines, PR companies and wider communications and digital media organisations.

The degree equips students with the skills to become an effective, professionally qualified, multi-platform journalist and is one of few universities to receive accreditation from the National Council for the Training of Journalists (NCTJ).

Posted on Friday 31st October 2014

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