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30 Jan 2014

Graduate Molly’s award-winning success story
 
Her nose for a good story not only earned Molly Johnson a University prize at the end of her three years of studying Journalism, but also helped her to land a trainee journalist position at a global company in Holland.
 
The 22-year-old, who graduates from the University of Chester on Wednesday, November 6, was awarded the Warrington GuardianAward for Outstanding Contribution to the Field of Journalism at the University’s 2013 Valedictory ceremony, just weeks before she left the UK for Tilburg, to work for Atuna.com – the world’s leading website offering news to the tuna industry.
 
 
Molly (pictured left), originally from Shrewsbury, said: “It all seems very strange, specific, and to some even comical, but I am gaining a lot of experience writing up to six news stories a day for an internationally read website while also learning the ins and outs of a global business and how to analyse statistics.”
Having taught English at a school in Peru in her gap year, Molly was ready to work hard for her degree when she arrived at the University. She held down a part-time job alongside her studies and thrived in her subject, yet was still surprised at her award-winning success.
 
She said: “I was shocked and honoured to receive the Warrington Guardian Award. It is one thing knowing yourself that you are putting in maximum effort into achieving high results, but to find out it was also recognised by the staff in your Department is very rewarding to know.
 
“Achieving a high 2:1 classification has given me reassurance that all the hard work was worth it, and I am particularly proud that I managed to accomplish this while also holding down a part time job for the majority of my three years at university.”
 
And while she is taking the first steps in her profession – with the long term aim of pursuing a career in police media relations – she will always remember her time as a student and those who have helped her along the way.
 
She said: “I would not change one part my university experience. The Journalism Department offered knowledge, support and individual attention, while Chester supplied lifelong friends and unforgettable nights out.
 
Her proud parents will attend her ceremony at Chester Cathedral and as her graduation will see Molly return to England for the first time in five months, she will be making the most of her week-long stay celebrating with her wider family and friends.