A COVENTRY University journalism graduate who has become a TV news presenter less than three years after finishing her degree is sharing her tips for people dreaming of a media career.
Monifa Bobb-Simon, who presents ITV Central’s regional news on ITV’s flagship breakfast programme Good Morning Britain, is encouraging other graduates to create their portfolio of original and creative ideas to enhance their job prospects.
“This could be by starting your own blog or YouTube channel for example, that offers an original perspective and showcases creative ideas.
“I found having a body of work with me really helpful when I went to interviews.”
After being inspired by the careers of veteran broadcasters Sir Trevor McDonald and Jon Snow who she grew up watching, Londoner Monifa enrolled with Coventry University to study for a BA (Hons) Journalism degree.
Monifa thrived on her course as she absorbed a host of skills using the university’s industry-standard radio and TV studios, some of which she was able to put into practice as editor of the campus newspaper.
After completing her studies in 2018, and determined to pursue a career in television news, she landed an internship on a London newspaper that became her launchpad to a role with ITV Anglia as a production journalist.
After nearly a year and half with Anglia, she got her current job with ITV Central.