Punteha van Terheyden

  • Current role: vT Features' Owner
  • Year of graduation: 2007
  • Degree course: BA (Hons) English Language and Communication with Journalism and Digital Publishing

Punteha van TerheydenDon’t take no for an answer from anyone. If you want a career in journalism, go out and get it - don’t let anyone convince you otherwise. Somebody gets that job on the magazine or newspaper, or TV channel. There is no reason it can’t be you.

We asked Punteha...

What is your current role and how did you get to this point in your career?

I’m a freelance true-life journalist for the national press. Previously, I worked for Take a Break magazine for eight years and was commissioning editor.

How did your studies at the University of Hertfordshire help shape your career?

It was one of my classes with Sharon Maxwell-Magnus that made me realise I wanted to be a feature writer and helped me focus my efforts on that.

What made you decide to study at this University?

I wanted to remain close to home and study journalism.

What was the best or most useful thing about your course?

Being taught journalism by a talented and varied staff of real journalists.

What is your stand-out memory from your time at the University?

Filming a documentary.

Are you still in contact with friends you met at the University of Hertfordshire?

Sadly, no.

What advice would you give your younger self if you were starting at the University tomorrow?

Take the shorthand class!

Do you have any advice for University of Hertfordshire graduates who are considering a career in your industry?

Don’t take no for an answer from anyone. If you want a career in journalism, go out and get it - don’t let anyone convince you otherwise. Somebody gets that job on the magazine or newspaper, or TV channel. There is no reason it can’t be you.

What are your future career plans/ ambitions?

To continue working freelance and expand my features agency.

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