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Investigative Journalism grad lands BBC research role

Elliot Trundler spends his days “investigating the bad guys” thanks to an innovative postgraduate programme developed by De Montfort University Leicester (DMU) in partnership with Channel 4.

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The Investigative Journalism MA student secured a role as a Researcher at the BBC shortly before graduating this summer.

Working on X-Ray, a Welsh consumer affairs programme, Elliot is utilising the knowledge he developed on his Master’s as well as picking up new skills.

“My postgraduate year was great. The standard of teaching and the interaction with industry professionals was beyond what I ever expected,” said the 24-year-old from Sheffield.

“At the start of the course I had no previous experience of journalism or the skills required to make investigative pieces for television.

“DMU gave me superb support throughout the MA and my tutors were fantastic at answering any questions or problems I had, which was necessary for preparing me for the industry.”

The course gave Elliot an in-depth knowledge of media law, ensuring he is working in a legal and ethical manner, as well as the skills to carefully manage facts and send Freedom of Information requests.

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He said: “Everything I have learned has been vital for building a good reputation.”

“The library facilities and access to camera equipment meant I had excellent resources available 24/7, enabling me to develop the technical skills necessary for filming, interviewing and editing documentaries.

“Also, being encouraged to pursue work experience at independent production companies allowed me to put my skills and knowledge into practice, giving me a good idea of how the industry works.

“It’s clear to see that DMU puts a lot of time, money and effort into supporting its students.”

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Having previously studied Forensic Accounting, Elliot was drawn to DMU’s Investigative Journalism MA because of his desire “to make a real difference in the world”.

“The bonus was that the course was partnered with Channel 4, meaning that this was not an opportunity to be missed,” Elliot said.

“My favourite thing about the course is the ability to tailor the skills you learn into pursuing any investigation. I carried out three completely different ones exploring mental health waiting lists, the bailiff industry and the greyhound racing industry.

“I learnt so much about the industries and topics that I investigated and felt that I had done my part to raise awareness on some of the issues I covered.”

On his reasons for choosing to study at DMU, Elliot added: “DMU appealed to me as an exciting and modern university, with excellent facilities. It’s also located in one of the best student cities in the country, so I knew I would enjoy my time there.”

Posted on Monday 16th October 2017

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