The need to develop a ‘journalism instinct’ was the key message BBC radio presenter Dotun Adebayo had for Middlesex University students, in the latest in a series of high-profile media events.
Dotun, who presents shows on BBC Five Live and BBC London, discussed how he got into journalism, the state of the media today, and shared his tips for journalism students on how to succeed in the industry.
BBC London special correspondent and Middlesex Professor of Professional Practice Kurt Barling was joined as host in questioning Dotun by final year television journalism student Dler Abdullah.
Adebayo told students he was positive about careers in the media: “Things have never been better for people getting into journalism because you don’t have to rely on getting a job at a national newspaper.
“[To get into journalism] you need to spend your time learning to understand what a news story is.” Dotun went on to pose what he called the journalist’s killer question – if the Queen dies on 9/11, which would be the main story – as an example of the need for a journalism instinct and an understanding of what makes a news story.
Final year television journalism student Dler Abdullah said: “Interviewing Dotun was a good experience - I would love to have more opportunities like this. He told us that to be a journalist you have to want to be a journalist - you have to go out and find the stories. If want to do that enough there’s a job out there.”