Interview: Noah Abrahams
Noah Abrahams, a former West Herts College student, has given us some insight into how his time with us has helped him in his career. After studying journalism at college, he embarked on his current role as a Journalist and Presenter.
What have you been up to since finishing your course at West Herts?
Since completing a BTEC Level Three Digital Journalism course at West Herts College, I have gone on to achieve all that I hoped to and more in my first year as a student and a professional sports, broadcast and print journalist.
Working freelance, my day to day during the week varies, when not studying Sports Journalism at the University of Derby. I often start a day by producing online copy for a sports website or news outlet. I could then do anything from interviewing a Premier League footballer/manager, to talking with popstars, local politicians and those working in the community. I feature on the radio most weeknights, whether that be BBC Radio Derby, Vibe107.6 FM or anything in between. My life revolves around talking sport, reporting on celebrities and presenting people with entertainment.
I spend every weekend in a radio studio, press box or ringside at the boxing. This season I have covered Premier League, Championship and National League football. I have reported on Olympic boxing, European title fights and Premiership rugby. In the build-up to all of these events, I attend press conferences, speak with athletes and eat lots of free food!
What has been your favourite project to work on?
It was extremely good fun working as a Press Officer at the European Olympic Boxing Qualifiers in London. Seeing the media in their element gave me a whole different perspective of how one should present oneself in a mix zone or press environment. Similarly, working with Premier League and top-level clubs has taught me that to be the best, you have to be efficient. Watching free football is a huge privilege, but you have to stay professional and focused. You may well be within touching distance of a World Cup winner, but you treat them like anyone else. Even if you were working with someone who featured on I’m A Celebrity, you should treat them as you would anyone else: with respect, kindness and courtesy.
Have you got any advice for students currently studying journalism?
To break into the industry, you have got to put yourself out there. Knock on doors, show initiative and showcase your determination. Report on non-league football, get your hands dirty with the odd jobs and say “yes”! That’s how I am where I am today. You have to be relentless in this industry or you won’t make it. Passion trumps talent, but it helps to have both. Practise your art. Prior to every event, broadcast, film review, article or whatever I may be working on, I spend hours doing research. The most important thing to do is listen. There is always more to learn.
Journalism is cut-throat. More so now than ever before. There are more jobs, but there’s more competition. Don’t stop until you get to where you want to be, don’t lose the passion and you have to want to be the best.
Feel free to reach out to me on Instagram - @noahabsmedia and I would be more than happy to help!
What are your career aims for the future?
My career aim is to be a well-respected and a trusted journalist, with my morals intact and a platform that allows me to achieve all that there is to achieve. Mark Pougatch is someone I aspire to be like and who I follow closely. Have an end goal and power through until you get there. Being on time is late, being early is on time. Give 100%, be self-confident and always be considerate. You should do alright!
If your interesting in following in Noah’s footsteps find out more about our Journalism course here and apply online today.