Tom Kershaw… Found His Perfect Career Working As A Journalist


  • Name: Tom Kershaw
  • Class of: 2010
  • Studied: A Levels in English Literature, Media Studies and IT.
  • Doing What? Currently a news reporter for the Goole and Selby Times.

After leaving Selby College, Tom attended University of Central Lancashire to study BA Hons in Journalism. After three years and passing his BJTC exams, Tom was on his way to becoming a trainee journalist in the industry. His first job was working for Real Radio North West as a broadcast journalist and Sky Tyne and Wear as a Freelance Journalist.

Tom then went back to work for the Press Association in Howden where he was employed as a football writer in his college years – now working on the editorial and subbing desk. He wrote match reports for Scottish Premier and Championship games.

He then landed a job as a news reporter at his local newspaper, the Goole and Selby Times, and has never looked back. Tom says “local news is exhilarating and informative, yet includes hyper-local news at its core. I am very content with my job as it is challenging, but rewarding in various ways.”

If you are keen to follow Tom’s path he would recommend choosing English – Literature or Language. Media Studies is also a fun and exciting course – far from being from ‘just an easy option’.

Tom believes he owes his success so far to the teaching staff at Selby College who were particularly helpful when it came to making sure he got his B grade in English Literature to guarantee his university place. They also inspired Tom’s passion for the English Language, whether it was Wilde, Marlowe or Chaucer – their words were brought to life by his lecturers and helped develop his vocabulary and writing style. Tom’s Guidance & Support Tutor also supported him through the university application process and his exams.