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
Tottenham college, London
Media studies and photography, City and Guilds, 1994-1995
* Formerly London School of Printing and Distributive Trades) Backhill, Farringdon, London
I moved to the UK when I was 19, 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. My final graduation project, before I statred working in TV behind the camera, was shot on location in Ghana, for a short movie which was shown at the London National Film Theatre (NFT) as well as Cannes.
I started working in London in 1996 as a freelance camerawoman in television and corporate video production. My first real 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.
I loved the filming but decided it was time for something new and retrained as a journalist at the London School of Journalism (LSJ), where I also gained a post graduate deploma. During 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. All the work I do today draws on all of these previous experiences.
Moving from a large crew with heavy equipment, I still remember sitting in the backroom talking to a business owner...with just my pen and paper. 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.