Breaking into…Working with Words

Location: Herschel Building, Lecture Theatre 1
Time/Date: 11th March 2009, 15:30 - 17:30

No matter what degree you’re studying, it’s highly likely you’re developing your written communication skills. So why not consider a career working with words? The opportunities for graduates are vast…from publishing and journalism to working as a technical author or penning the latest episode of Eastenders as a screenwriter!

Come along to this event and listen to the following speakers talk candidly about their jobs and give you their top tips for breaking into this sector:

There will also be the chance to chat more informally with these professionals on a one-to-one basis over refreshments, a networking opportunity not to be missed!


Speaker profiles 

Graeme King - Multimedia journalist - business reporter, The Journal

Graeme got into journalism after working for a student newspaper while at university. He then worked for a press cuttings agency, which led him to take a one-year NCTJ-accredited post-grad print journalism course.  Following this, he worked for two years on a weekly paper in Leeds, before joining The Journal in 2001, and becoming a specialist business reporter in 2002.  Graeme has just accepted a new role in PR with a company called Isos Housing Group, which he will take up later this month.

Karen Wight - Breakfast show presenter, Galaxy North East

Karen started out as a broadcast journalist after doing a media degree at the University of Sunderland, and reading the news on the student radio station, Utopia FM, in 1998.  She worked voluntarily for the news team at Sun FM during the final year of her degree, becoming employed when she graduated.  She then moved to the news team at Galaxy Yorkshire, coming back to the Northeast as a senior journalist at Galaxy in 2000.  In 2001, Karen became presenter of the breakfast show alongside her co-host Steve Furnell.  

Stevie Ronnie - Self-employed, Freelance writer

Stevie Ronnie completed an undergraduate degree in computer science at the University of Nottingham in 1999.  For eight and a half years he worked in development and management roles in the automobile, gas and gaming industries.  In 2007, he gained an MA in creative writing from Newcastle University where he is now completing part-time PhD research.  Stevie now earns his living as a freelance writer, researcher and tutor.  Current projects include: a writing residency at the Open Council, a digital archive of North East literary history, a collection of poetry and his first play.

Stephen Smith - Chief Editor, Proofread UK

After graduating from Northumbria University with a BA (Hons) degree in Housing Management, Stephen went on to work for eight years as a Housing Officer for Newcastle City Council, during which time he also studied for a Post Graduate Diploma in Housing Policy and Management.  In 2006, he founded Proofread UK, an online proofreading company.

Proofread UK is made up of a network of proofreaders who provide proofreading services to students, businesses and publishers.  They specialise in proofreading for international students in the UK and people worldwide who use English as their second language.  As Chief Editor, Stephen's role involves proofreading, distributing work to the associate proofreaders and managing the daily administration of the business.  

Gez Casey - Literary Manager, Live Theatre

Gez's role as a Literary Manager involves finding new writers for the theatre, nurturing emerging writing talent, offering dramaturgical support for scripts in development and running playwriting courses. As the Live Theatre is also a receiving house for visiting theatre, music and comedy, he also helps to programme the building. Gez graduated in English Language and Literature from Newcastle University and has also been a writer, actor and stand-up comedian.

Published: 15th September 2008