Journalism student, Bobbi Hadgraft, joins Hull Daily Mail and HullLive as a reporter.
University Academy 92 (UA92) student, Bobbi Hadgraft, has landed her dream role before even completing her second-year degree studies, having being offered a role as a reporter at top regional media title, Hull Daily Mail and HullLive.
Bobbi’s new job will see her cover stories across the Hull region from crime and local democracy to events and business news.
Journalism student Bobbi, who hails from Hull, will continue her degree studies at the Old Trafford-based higher education institution alongside her new job.
No stranger to working and learning, Bobbi will move to the title from her role as a journalist at the Holderness & Hornsea Gazette, which is also based in the Hull area.
Bobbi says: “I am stunned to have been offered this job. It is a huge opportunity I couldn’t refuse.
“I have treasured every moment at the Holderness Gazette but to be offered a job at Hull Daily Mail before even completing my second year at university absolutely blows my mind: this time last year I was working part-time at a supermarket!”
“It’s more than I could have dreamed of, especially when I haven’t even graduated.”
Bobbi knew that she wanted to pursue a career in the media from a young age. In sixth-form, she would travel to BBC Radio Humberside after school, to provide a younger voice on local issues. She has also been featured on Sky Sports, speaking about one of her passions: Hull City Football Club.
Bobbi says: “I’ve had my heart set on being a journalist since I was at school. During my first year at UA92, when we began to get a taste of a range of different types of journalism that I realised that I love the variety and purpose of news reporting.”
Bobbi credits her course at UA92 with preparing her for entering the world of professional journalism. She says: “There is a real emphasis on learning from experienced journalists and real-world scenarios.
“We’ve worked with top broadcast and print journalists like Phil Jones who’s covered major events like the Olympics for the BBC and who is an associate lecturer on my course.
“We’ve learned how to write like a journalist and hunt down our own stories. I’ve even been able to get my own bylines in top titles, which put me in a really strong position in interviews.
“Then there’s the fantastic media lab where we get hands-on experience in producing the multimedia reporting that employers are looking for. Those skills allowed me to introduce the use of more video content at the Gazette – it was great to be able to bring something new to the paper.”
At UA92, we offer a structured timetable, where students study either in the morning or the afternoon, for the duration of their degree. The predictable teaching hours mean that Bobbi will be able to complete her degree and work at the same time.
Lawrence Brannon, course leader in media and journalism at UA92 says: “From the first time Bobbi came to UA92 for an open day, we could see that she had passion and potential in abundance.
“It has been fantastic to watch her develop her journalism skills over the last 18 months and I am delighted that she’s got this brilliant role. It will be great to see her grow even further over the remainder of her degree. Bobbi is definitely one to watch.”