BA English (1997), MA English (1998)
After graduating from Royal Holloway Linda worked for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation and Reading Evening Post before moving to the BBC. As well as working as a BBC Online News Journalist Linda has combined her passion for music and broadcasting through presenting shows for BBC Introducing Berkshire and BBC 6music. Linda’s shows offer a unique platform to unsigned bands.
"The Founder’s building on the front cover of the Royal Holloway prospectus caught my eye. I discovered the College’s excellent credentials and facilities, as well as being part of the University of London and indeed only a short train ride from the capital. When I arrived on campus for an interview, I felt immediately at home. The beautiful setting and the excellent English department made it clear that this was the place for me.
"Apart from the pleasure of studying under learned academics, I enjoyed the variety of the modules offered, from American Literature to Stylistics. I also enjoyed spending hours doing research in the beautiful Founders library.
"The most important thing Royal Holloway taught me was, in short: writing and researching. Looking back at my rather flowery essay style in my first year it’s perhaps hard to imagine it’s the same person writing concise clear stories for BBC News Online. But with the one-to-one sessions with tutors I learnt not only about my subject, but also the art of researching a topic, and then writing about it with an argument clearly set out.
"Journalism is famously incredibly hard to get into, but thanks to my reporting stint on a Royal Holloway expedition to Nepal I had caught the bug early. I like approaching stories from different angles as well as holding people/companies/government bodies to account. We are the voice of the people, we report what goes on in our world and our communities. That gives me a real buzz.
"My advice would be to set up a blog or podcast and keep it updated. There are so many ways of getting your articles read and your voice heard nowadays. Employers like seeing that you’ve taken initiative, and it means you’ll have more to put on your CV. Start applying for work experience – ring your local newspaper, your local radio stations – email them without badgering them too much. Offer to phone bash, work the graveyard shifts, make the tea – anything!"