Showing posts from September, 2012

Report from La Moneda presidential palace

(Originally published by Santiago Times)

Mexico’s President- elect Enrique Peña Nieto met with Chilean President Sebastián Piñera on Friday in Santiago, where he spoke of his ambition to strengthen economic ties between the two countries.

“Chile and Mexico have always had a close friendship, which in recent times has allowed us to sign several pacts facilitating trade and strengthening our economies,” Peña Nieto said. “Going forward we have new opportunities to strengthen our commercial relationship through our shared mission of driving toward economic growth and development.”

Having already visited Brazil, Colombia and Guatemala, Peña Nieto — leader of the centrist Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) — also met with Chilean business leaders in the morning prior to his arrival at La Moneda. Chile and Mexico are members of a recently-formed trade bloc known as the Pacific Alliance which aims to deepen joint economic relations and increase trade with Asia.

With the two co…

How to make the most of a postgraduate journalism course

(Originally published on Guardian Careers)

Last September I defiantly enrolled on a year-long journalism postgraduate course. Editors on placements warned me there were no jobs in journalism. Careers advisors told me to try PR – I did and hated it. Yet I chose to ignore them and can now say I have few regrets.

The course has generally been a positive experience, though some parts have been more enjoyable than others. There is a tremendous focus on passing numerous externally-assessed National Council for the Training of Journalists (NCTJ) exams. While these are useful in preparing us for entry level positions in local journalism, they can feel quite rigid and suffocating. Other aspects of the course, where we have been encouraged to come up with our own ideas for feature articles and pursue our own interests, have been more inspiring.

But while a journalism diploma may have provided us with a good grounding in the basics – finding stories, writing news and feature articles…

The next chapter: Santiago, Chile