Lucie Ellis studied a BTEC National Diploma in Media and Publishing at Leicester College. Now employed as a Senior Writer at Informa Business Intelligence, Lucie spoke to our Alumni Team about her experiences at college, getting into university and making it as a writer.
“When I was younger I wanted to be a private detective,” she revealed. “But whilst studying for my GCSEs I became interested in current affairs and investigation. So instead I followed a path into journalism. I decided to go to Leicester College after GCSEs because the course offered at Leicester was tailored to learning the basics of media practice and publishing.
“At college I learnt a lot of practical skills for radio and TV production. I also learnt the basics of news gathering and reporting. The Media and Publishing course was a great founding for getting into university to achieve a degree in journalism,” said Lucie.
“My college tutor was incredibly helpful and passionate about his students applying to university. I still use skills from photography and radio classes today in my job. These skills helped me stand out during the university application process – I was accepted to all universities I applied for – and when looking for a job.
“After graduating from Sheffield Hallam University with a first-class degree in Journalism, I worked as an intern for a travel writing company in London,” said Lucie. “I then applied for many jobs throughout the UK and abroad, quickly landing an Editorial Assistant position at Informa Business Information in London. I have worked my way up through Informa, having been promoted four times in as many years.
“Now I am a Senior Writer for three business news publications: Scrip, The Pink Sheet and In Vivo,” she said. “In this role, I write news, features and analytical stories about the pharmaceutical, biotech and wider healthcare industries. I get to travel frequently to cover events in Europe and the US. I work autonomously in Leicestershire, but travel monthly into my office in London.
“I am proud of the creative aspects I have brought into my publication,” said Lucie. “I have helped to transform the way we produce news at my company – trying out ideas such as podcasts, videos, interactive graphics and other visuals. I was a Creative Content Editor for one publication for a year before becoming a Senior Writer.”
So, what’s next for Lucie?
“I would like to continue perfecting my craft and get into more investigative reporting in my field,” she said. “This year I will travel to work in the US for a while; this is a new and exciting challenge for me. I would eventually like to teach journalism at the further or higher education level.
“It is important to try everything. It can be very limiting to say you are only interested in one area of the media or one specialism – such as sport reporting. There are many exciting roles in media and journalism, you just have to be open to finding them.”