Higher Education provider Global Banking School continued its ‘An interview with…’ series into 2021, hosting its first guest of the year: literary journalist Suzi Feay.
Feay, who is the radio and TV critic for the Financial Times, spoke to GBS Communications Director and Editor of The London Magazine Dr Steven O’Brien about a host of topics, including the differences between writing and editing, the importance of reading newspapers and books in an age dominated by social media, some of the famous people she has interviewed – and even what she looks for in a CV.
In addition to writing regularly for publications such as the FT and the Guardian, Feay also teaches journalism at Brunel University and initially worked as a sub-editor before the writing part of her career took off. She stressed how important it is for students to shift to “editing mode” once they have finished writing their work, adding that it was essential for everyone – students, and even professional writers such as journalists and poets – to edit their written work before submitting it.
Speaking of the turbulent events of the past year, Feay lamented the decline of the traditional print newspaper. In an age where people are increasingly getting their news from social media, she believed the traditional media forms could offer a more sane and sober antidote to the plethora of misinformation.
“A newspaper will have a health correspondent who has such an array of experts at their fingertips,” she said. “That is what newspapers have traditionally done… they will have an education correspondent… an environment correspondent – people who are really at the top of their field.”
Feay also urged GBS students to pick up – and read! – novels, describing them as “empathy machines” and “agents for social change”. Simply by reading great works of literature, she said, students would improve their writing, vocabulary, and punctuation: “The magic works even if you hate it. With great works of literature, they read you.”
For those students starved for time, Feay recommended poetry or short stories for a speedier dose of literary cultivation.
For those students seeking new professional roles, Feay, who during her career has had to plough through countless CVs, recommends highlighting unique interests – even if yours are clog dancing! – in one’s application.
“A lot of CVs are virtually identical; people seem exactly the same and they often seem equally brilliant…So it’s good to stand out, even be a little bit odd, be a little unusual.”
Press Release Contact: Rodney Kumar, Senior Communications Manager, GBS
Date: 7 May 2021
Phone: +44 (0) 20 7539 3548