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Foundation Learning to a First Class (Hons) Degree in Journalism

The last time South & City College Birmingham caught up with alumni Dylan Haywood, he was studying at Birmingham City University (BCU) and in his final year of his journalism degree and had come into the Hall Green campus to talk to current foundation learning students.

Dylan has known that he wanted to be a journalist since the age of 7 and his dream is that much closer now that he has passed his degree with top marks and he has already secured a three month contract working on a BBC World Service documentary for the upcoming Birmingham Commonwealth Games, called Commonwealth Grassroots Sport. His job is to speak to local sporting heroes in pre-interviews, set-up interviews and help with recording and social media.

“I am thoroughly enjoying this job and over the moon to be starting my journalism career with a BBC World Service documentary.” Dylan said, “Speaking to celebrities is exciting and I really enjoy talking to community heroes who have helped young people get into grassroots sport.”

His reason for wanting to become a journalist is that he really wants to talk to the regular person on the street, despite him over the past three years interviewing prominent MPs, council leaders, scientists and even activists living in trees. He said, “The interviews most important to me are with people just like you.”

When asked what his plans are after the contract is up, he wasn’t sure which avenue to pursue. He has narrowed down the options of going into print or broadcast journalism.  One thing he is quite sure of, though he did want to add that nothing is set in stone, his dream is to cover local news in Birmingham.

The College is very much looking forward to keeping in touch with Dylan and wish him much success in his already blossoming career.