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Rhys Blakely

British

Class of 2003

Undergraduate degree:
English, Oxford University

First job:
Freelancer for The Sunday Telegraph

Current job:
Mumbai correspondent for The Times

 

“After I left Oxford, I went to work in a bookshop in London, which was a great job but very poorly paid and didn't last long. Next I landed a job in the City as a broker for a shipping company. I did a year in London learning the ropes. I then spent time in Hong Kong before being seconded to Tokyo. When I returned to London three years later I realised it was time for a change in direction - and that I'd much rather be working with words, going back to what I was interested in during my degree.

I had some student journalism experience from Oxford, and the brokering house I had worked for published a quarterly intelligence report, which mustered my interest in reporting. I spoke to friends who had gone on to become journalists, and I thought it was something I could be half decent at - and enjoy.

Goldsmiths was in London, which was important to me. I knew subjects such as media law and shorthand would be important. The theory part of the course appealed and the news writing course with John Rogers was excellent. The beat project was a good lesson in learning how to make contacts and find stories. The production lessons proved useful for work experience - it's very handy to be able to turn up and show you know your way around.

I found a position on the online business desk of The Times about two months after finishing the course because I was actively looking around.

In January 2007, I moved to India with my wife to become the Mumbai correspondent for the Times. Probably the most exciting stories I’ve covered so far were the Mumbai bombings, and a recent flare up tensions in Kashmir. I found a position on the online business desk of The Times about two months after finishing the course because I was actively looking around. In January 2007, I moved to India with my wife to become the Mumbai correspondent for the Times. Probably the most exciting stories I’ve covered so far were the Mumbai bombings, and a recent flare up tensions in Kashmir. Overall, I’m pretty pleased to be where I am. If I’d stuck with my original career path, I might have been richer, but I would have felt a lot older. And I’d probably be a lot more boring.”

Interview by Kathryn Hopkins and additional reporting by Leo Hornak

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