Sample Work by Pupils

With the help of our fantastic Journalism lecturers, we regularly organise taster days for school pupils to come in and find out what it’s like to study Journalism. You can find a sample of their work below. We run these events for Year 6 and Year 12 – if you are interested in finding out about future Journalism days, please email

Zunaira feared for her life after a car crash!


Ollie, Igrena and Keyshun’s winning blog profiled their ambassador Zunaira:

Zunaira, 1st year law student from City University, was left terrified after a near miss car crash. She cried “My whole life flashed in front of my eyes. I thought I was going to die!” It must have been one the scariest moments of her life.

She hasn’t had much luck with cars recently as she was involved in an incident with her car rolling down a hill after she forgot to put the brakes on. If it wasn’t for her college friends, who pushed it back up the hill, she would no longer have a car.

Despite the fact that she hasn’t had much luck with cars, that hasn’t stopped her having a successful life in University.  She has studied:






-Fashion Designer

On a lighter note we asked her about any good things that she has done in her life. She told us that she had climbed a mountain (in Saudi Arabia) and has been involved in lots of charity work. She says that it made her feel really good about herself.

She also met the Eastenders actor Ricky Norwood also known as Fatboy.Eastenders

Furthermore, living next to the Olympic Stadium she was fortunate enough to see a few famous athletes.Olym[pic stadium


Emilie Mejlander

The 25 year old named Emilie Mejlander born in Oslo, Norway, tells us her life story.

EmilieEmilie first worked in a grocery store stocking food and drinks. By the time she was 18 she worked at the till. She was paid £9 per hour. She had moved to the UK in 2008 when she was 21. She says ‘it was a great opportunity to live abroad and to practice my English.’

Emilie wanted to be a journalist when she was younger following in her father’s footsteps; she says ‘My father covered the story about the death of Princess Diana for one of the Norwegian newspapers’. As Emilie grew older she started to study media and communication.

In September she is going to go back to Norway, she says ‘ the best experience at City University is to meet a lot of great people and to live in London.

The French-, Spanish-, Norwegian- and English- speaking student has proved that she has nearly reached her purpose of becoming like her father, a journalist.

By Lauren, Fizzy, and Sajjad


Aisha’s Ambitions


Aisha Mohammed, who goes to City University London, was inspired to study law by her dad who was a barrister himself. Her greatest ambition is to become a Human Rights lawyer. For example, if someone is treated unfairly they would help to provide justice to them. Her father has a disability called Polio. What is Polio? Polio is when your bones stop growing. Despite this problem he has still followed his dreams. And now he has inspired Aisha to follow her own dreams.

Aisha, with an embarrassed giggle explained to us an amusing moment of her childhood, she said: “While starting my science class I tripped like an idiot and fell like one.” Crying.

From the start of going to school she always loved English and made an enemy of maths. Aisha had two cats, but sadly they both went missing, creating a crack in the Mohammed family household. She was devastated; however she now has a new pair named Sid and Stitch named after the alien from Lilo and Stitch.

In the future she would love to be a lawyer, travelling the world helping people and fulfilling her dreams.

By Michael  Klarinda and Zahrah (Year 6 visit day, February 2013)


City Ambassador worth only two Camels?

Shrene was once almost traded for two camels.Shrene

She has family members all over the world including family members in Australia, America and India however they just live there. Her father was born in India but moved to England at an early age.

Shrene, now a 22 year old, was born with a hole in her heart. When we interviewed her she elaborated that she didn’t urgently need an operation to fix it but could wait until she was 16 but her parents decided for her to have the operation straight away . There was another girl who also needed the operation. Sadly though Shrene survived, the other girl didn’t make it.

Later on in her life when she was 16 and on holiday in Egypt in a jewellery shop, the shopkeeper offered her father to trade two camels for his wife and daughter (Shrene). Shrene said as she laughed “It was quite funny actually, luckily my dad declined.”

Shrene told us she is now studying law at City University because her ambition is to be a lawyer. She proceeded to tell us “In  sixth form I wanted to study economics, in fact that is what I was going to study at university but I ended up not.”

By Jawwad, Rotherfield Primary School; Stefan, Highfield Primary School; Lucy, Oakthorpe Primary School (Year 6 Visit Day, February 2013)


Tis the Season to be Godly?

Caitlin Davis, Danny Rust and Jake Everett ask what wins out when money is battling with tradition at Christmas-time.

A mantelpiece strung with stockings, warm fire in the hearth and a happy family laughing together around a tree.Xmas shopping

Sound familiar? Maybe not nowadays, with Christmas falling further and further into a marketing frenzy, is there any hope that we can regain the magic of being with family at such a special time of year?

In a survey carried out by Asda in July 2012, 13% of UK households had already started buying decorations, whilst 46% were worrying about how much they would spend on the build up to Christmas Day, let alone the day itself.

Last year families spent nearly £600 on average for their preparations for Christmas Day.

We went out and around Exmouth Market in Angel, to find out from the general public what they thought of this intriguing topic.

Alex and Lara, of Ashurst Company were out on their company Christmas dinner, sporting bright paper hats and smoking cigarettes.  They said: “We haven’t put up decorations for 5 years.  It’s no longer a traditional thing, it’s more of a consumer market now,” said Alex, “there’s less care.”Christmas bar

Lara on the other hand said: “I think that the family element is still there but it’s just not as important as it was before, if we could go back to a time when it was more important I think we should.”

Jamal, father of 6 year old Daisy, said: “I’m totally ready, we’ve got all of our presents and Daisy has had her stocking up since November 30th.  My mum is coming down to spend the day with us this year and we’re really looking forward to Christmas with family, that’s what it’s meant to be about.”

Whether you’re spending a fortune or spending time with family, in the wise words of Daisy: “Just have fun and eat as much as possible.”

(Sixth Form Masterclass, December 2012)


What We’re Wearing: Your Winter Wardrobe Guide

By Amber Clements and Georgia Laudat

So what is everyone wearing this winter?
Keeping warm and staying fashionable is easier said than done in this bitter cold. How can we stay nice and cosy without looking like Heather Trot, under all those layers? Fashion reporters Amber and Georgia took to London’s streets to discover this year’s do’s and don’ts of winter fashion.

Winter style 1

Fashion student Anna in her affordable layers

Anna Thomas, 26
Fashion Student

“All of my outfits are from the high street, in winter I find myself buying a lot more clothes to layer up. So affordable prices are essential for me, the outfit I have on today consists mainly of Primark and an old hat. My favourite winter item has got to be gloves and boots”.

I have a bag of gloves by the door as I leave the house

Donna and Kyra, both students

“We love layering up in the winter because we feel it looks classy, but at the same time we don’t feel as feminine as what we do in the summer. Our clothes are all vintage and we look on blogs and twitter for inspiration. Our favourite winter item is definitely a statement coat and maybe a bit of fur too. ”

Donna and Kyra

Donna and Kyra

Winter fashion is good because you can eat more and hide it away

After speaking to girls in London, it appears that winter is fashion on a budget: layering up would work out too expensive otherwise. Girls are more likely to spend money on a nice coat rather than on their whole outfit. Here are our top 5 winter must-haves:

TOP 5:

  1. Statement coat
  2. Gloves
  3. Fur Collar
  4. Winter Knits
  5. Boots

(Sixth Form Masterclass, December 2012)


Italian Sculpture: Under a Parasol

Marianna Mukhametzyanova and Jason John discover a thought-provoking sculpture collection in the heart of Islington

Down Wharf Road stands Parasol Unit, a two floor simplistic art gallery full of ‘paintings’ that always bring the question: ‘What does this piece mean’? Greek-born Jannis Kounellis considers himself as an Italian artist, with his art varying from tables stuck to mattress-size templates to a crucifix covered in black buttoned jackets. The usual observer would call these pieces sculptures, but there’s more than meets the eye.

The opening ceramic door reveals a gallery of examples of Jannis’s history and art work. His works of art have a deep contrast in materials, varying from wood, to metal, to lead. The white walls illuminate his most popular untitled piece – a steel plate and brunette braid. While I was wondering what Jannis was trying to connote through this piece, Yoseph Hammad, a gallery assistant enlightened me with some background information on Kounellis. “Most of his artwork has no meaning. His sculptures are looked at differently by different people” he answered, while looking perplexingly at the unknown pieces.

“Most of his artwork has no meaning. His sculptures are looked at differently by different people”


I surely had never seen anything like this before. Railway tracks sheltered by a metal slab and a loosely dropped jacket took me back to London’s industrial period. The dull greys and blacks brought out my melancholy side, with the only dash of colour seen through the miniature red train travelling up the spiral trail. Oh, what I would give to have this in my home!

If art to you is a canvas splattered with oil paints and chalk, then the Victoria Miro gallery isn’t for you. However if art for you consists of painting, sculptures, and untitled masterpieces, the doors of this gallery are wide open featuring Jannis’s work until the 17th February 2013. Missing out this opportunity would be regrettable. Visit the Parasol Unit at 14 Wharf Road, London, N1 7RW.

Written by

Marianna Mukhametzyanova and Jason John (Sixth Form Masterclass, December 2012)


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