London School of Journalism (LSJ)
Postgraduate Diploma, Journalism, 2002 - 2003.
Course included desk top publishing, short hand, news and feature writing
The London College of Communication (LCC) *
Bachelor of Arts in Film, 1993 -1996
* Formerly London School of Printing and Distributive Trades) Backhill, Farringdon, London
Tottenham college, London
Media studies and photography, City and Guilds, 1994 -1995
I moved to the UK when I was 19 when I was in seach of a job in TV as a camera woman. After gaining some relevant City and Guilds I began working at Snappy Snaps as a digital photography printer. I also began my film study at The London College of Printing & Distributive Trades, which provided the foundation I needed for the TV camera work I soon started doing. My final graduation short movie was shot on location in Ghana, and shown at the London National Film Theatre (NFT) as well as Cannes film festival.
I began working in London in 1996 as a freelance camerawoman in television and corporate video production. My first professional job was for Sky News during the filming of the Princess Di funeral, stood between millions of people on a large platform at the ´Changing of the Guards´ at Buckingham Palace. This set me up for 17 years of filming news and studio productions around the world.
Working as a camerawoman was right up my street, but about ten years later it felt it was time for something new. So, I retrained as a journalist at the London School of Journalism (LSJ), where I gained my post graduate deploma. Whilst I was doing my own training I was also hired as a camera woman to help other students with experience in TV journalism, which is something I continued for many years. From then I started supplementing my camera work as a local reporter for local newspapers. I also became involved with start-up magazines, and photography to complement some of my features.
I still remember sitting in the backroom talking to a business owner...with just my pen and paper. It was a far cry from the large crew and bulky equipment I was working with before. The Archer Newsaper in North London, run 'by the people for the people', gave me a unique opportunity to work on stimulating and sometimes moving subjects. I wrote for example about the film projectionist of the Phoenix Cinema, who received an award from the Queen for his services to the film industry. The cinema is known for being the oldest in the UK and is still a thriving cinema today! I also accompanied the local Bobby for an afternoon, for an article which was to be about a local drugs raid, but which ended up being about a day in the life of a Bobby on the beat, which included a lot of cups of tea with local business owners.
All the work I do today draws on all of these previous experiences.