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12th October 2012
Toby Young

Influencing People: Journalist and author Toby Young visits Lambeth College to talk to our Journalism students.

Toby Young, flamboyant journalist and author of the celebrated ‘How to Lose Friends and Alienate People’ came to Lambeth College last month, made some new friends and delivered an inspiring talk to a group of budding young journalists.

Toby has had a very active and diverse career and one that has captured the interests of our students amongst many others. He cycled to our Clapham Centre in September and spoke to students from the Newspaper Journalism – NCTJ Level 3 Diploma and the Magazine Journalism – NCTJ Level 3 Diploma courses about the highlights and lowlights of his working life so far, and to give away a few secrets of his success as a columnist.

‘The main thing you need as an opinion writer is an opinion,” said Mr Young who can boast of a long list of clients. He has written for The Sun on Sunday, The Spectator, Vanity Fair, the Daily Telegraph and many other publications worldwide.

He went on to talk about a whole range of topics including writing about current affairs, inciting debate and discussion, getting published, meeting editors, getting sacked from Vanity Fair, Boris Johnson, publishing books, appearing on tv and being the co-founder of the West London Free School.

Students asked questions of Mr Young and were very interested in what was next on his life’s agenda. Whilst admitting that he would like to publish another book, he concluded the session by saying: “If all I’m known for is setting up this free school, then I’ll be able to extract some crumb of comfort as I stare death in the face!”

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Voices for Radio: Author and Radio Professional Peter Stewart and BBC Radio 2 newsreader Fenella Fudge joined tutor Sheila Smith and students Leon Plumber and Kiera Neilan in our Vox Radio Studios at Vauxhall Centre in October.

Other big names from the media world dropped in to our Vauxhall Centre in October to deliver specialist voice-training exercises to students from our Radio Production – Advanced Media Techniques – CG Level 3 Diploma course.

Peter Stewart, author of three best selling titles: Essential Radio Skills, Essential Radio Journalism and Essential Tweeting Skills for Radio Stations, teamed up with BBC Radio 2 newsreader and voice coach Fenella Fudge for the day, giving one-to-one advice sessions to each student.

Peter said: “The students on this course arrived notebooks in hand and eager to learn. They asked intelligent questions about important topics. It was a pleasure working with each one individually and all together.

Fenella said: “This is my second time at the College and it’s great to be back to work with such enthusiastic, motivated students with a real passion for radio.” 

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