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June 2002
No day is the same.
Interview with Jill Foster, Features Commissioning Editor of the Daily Mirror
Jill Foster, Features Commissioning Editor of the Daily Mirror

Jill Foster, Features Commissioning Editor of the Daily Mirror

Degree: BA Communications Studies [2:1], 1997

What does your job typically involve?
I wish I could give you a typical day but that's one of the things about journalism I love - no day is the same.

I can tell you what I did today - came up with ideas for features, did a ring round for some quotes from some celebs for one of our stories, went out for lunch with some people from Cosmopolitan magazine, came back to the office and arranged some features with a couple of PRs, finished off a health feature I was writing earlier this week, answered these questions, went home.

Not overly exciting but not certainly not dull.

How did you get started?
During my first week at Nottingham Trent I plucked up the courage to visit the Platform editor, Emily Millward.

I told her I was interested in doing anything for the paper and she gave me a video to review. I spent hours on it because I wanted it to be just right. Emily liked my work, gave me some more and it just spiralled from there.

Became features editor or something, then news editor - I can't remember....we made it up as we went along but I did spend more time in the Platform office than I ever did in a lecture theatre or the library.

What plans do you have for the future?
I used to make plans for the future but don't bother any more because it's pointless. Events and circumstances crop up which change your career path and lifestyle. For instance, it was my main ambition to be working on a national newspaper by the time I was 30. This is bound to sound like I'm showing off but I got there at 25 so now my plans have all shifted - God knows what I'll be doing by the time I am 30. I'll probably have burnt out by then and down-shifted to become a lollipop lady.

Salary bracket?
enough.... but in case my boss reads this - not enough!!

Any advice to Trent graduates?
Only to the ones going into journalism – get as much experience as possible.

Get your face known on local papers, magazines etc and get loads of cuttings by working on Platform. It really is a great starting block.


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