Student Case Studies

Our students talk about their work

  bp After a hectic and high-flying career in the pharmaceutical industry, Frances thought that distance-learning seemed the perfect way to revive her lifelong interest in writing.

Living in a small village 20 miles outside Frankfurt, she had already dabbled in writing articles for the local expatriate community but thought the LSJ’s freelance and features writing course. ....Read more
  SG For Indian businesswoman and housewife Rachna, a home study course with the LSJ provided not just a dramatic career switch and confidence boost, but a chance to have an impact on other people’s lives.

 “When I look back, I think the decision to ...Read more
  Paddy Smith Paddy S’s journey into journalism took him from the back streets of Bristol to the searing desert heat of Dubai.

After completing the three month postgraduate course in 2002, he set aside several weeks for work experience on different papers –from the Wandsworth Borough News in London...Read more
  LS For Laura S, landing a dream job on the fashion desk of The Sun came down to one journalistic quality above all others – perseverance.

Now 28, she was working in public relations when she embarked on the nine month postgraduate course in 2005, but had always felt she was working on the “wrong side of the fence”...Read more
  bp Switching careers was a big gamble for 32-year-old architect Bobby P.

During the eight years he spent designing hotel interiors, he could hardly have foreseen that within a couple of years of completing the three month LSJ postgraduate course...Read more

Bobby has requested that his photograph is not identifiable
  SG Sarah G qualified as an optician when she left university – but she had harboured an interest in broadcast journalism from an early age.

Helping out friends on hospital and university radio stations had given her a taste for broadcasting and the LSJ postgraduate diploma course seemed a logical way to explore the possibility...Read more
  Karen For Chicago journalism student Karen B, entertainment reporting was always a first love – even though that didn’t prevent her from developing a nose for news during her time at the LSJ on a three month course.

By the time she flew back to the States one of her proudest moments was a review of a gig...Read more
  dean Every aspiring sports journalist dreams of one day being able to write for a national paper and tour the world following the game they love.

For Dean W, the dream came true in 2006 while he was still in his 20s thanks to a lucky break and several years of hard graft for a sports agency...Read more


...I have very much enjoyed the course and have found the feedback from Margaret James very supportive, motivating and challenging. I will have no hesitation in recommending LSJ courses to friends...
Clare H.

They ... had invited entries from across the country, requiring submissions of a synopsis and first chapter of a novel. I won! I am thrilled, and would like to thank you for all of your encouragement...
Madhumita B.

Thank you also for all your help and support during the course. You have always been very inspirational and helped me to see just how much fun writing like this actually is!
Karen R.

I have enjoyed immensely the experience of working with you on this course...
Nadia R.