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Persistence is key to success

04/03/2013
Guardian diary editor Hugh Muir shared his experience of journalism with up and coming Middlesex University journalists as part of a series of talks with high-profile personalities discussing the media in transformation.

Guardian diary editor Hugh Muir shared his experience of journalism with up and coming Middlesex University journalists as part of a series of talks with high-profile personalities discussing the media in transformation.

Presented by experienced BBC journalist and Middlesex University Professor of Professional Practice Kurt Barling and final year student Georgiana Tudor the conversation covered Muir’s route into journalism, the differences between working for the BBC and national newspapers and ‘citizen journalism’.

Speaking about his advice for aspiring journalists, Hugh Muir said: “You need to be completely persistent, you need to have ideas to add value. If you have ideas and they’re relevant ideas to the publication you are targeting, pretty soon you will break through, but it needs persistence. Sometimes people underestimate how difficult it is and how persistent you have to be to get onto national media organisations.”

Presenter and final year journalism student Georgiana Tudor said: “Interviewing Hugh Muir was not only an inspiring, pleasant experience but also an eye-opener in regards to how vital persistence, determination and chasing opportunities are in order to succeed in journalism.”

Watch the interview in full

Read Professor Barling's blog on the Hugh Muir interview

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