Adam Hill with this year's Journalism students
It was a case of “hold the front page!” as former Fife College Journalism student Adam Hill made a welcome return to the classroom to pass on advice to the new intake of students.
Adam, age 26, gained his HND in Practical Journalism at Fife College in 2015 and is now an award-winning senior reporter at the Evening Telegraph in Dundee.
Adam took time out from his busy schedule to give a talk to this year’s new group of Journalism students at the College’s St Brycedale Campus in Kirkcaldy, then answered the many questions they had for him about his amazing career.
In his job with the DC Thomson-owned title, Adam has covered everything from murder trials at the High Court to charity fundraisers and has interviewed hundreds of people, including First Minister Nicola Sturgeon.
Since qualifying from Fife College Adam has been a rising star winning the Young Reporter of the Year Award 2017 at the DC Thomson Journalism Awards and gained promotion to senior reporter at the Evening Telegraph after just three years in the newsroom.
Adam told the students: “The best thing about the job is that it’s never boring. I never know what I’m going to be working on and it changes all the time.”
He took time to praise the quality of the Practical Journalism course, and his lecturers. “When I first started at the Evening Telegraph, I was thrown in at the deep end and honestly couldn’t have done it without Fife College and everything I learned there.”
Adam’s top tip was to emphasise how important shorthand was in the job and told the new students that they had to practise every day. “Without shorthand, you couldn’t do the job to the same level. It might seem hard now as you’re just beginning, but stick in!”
Marie Penman, Journalism Lecturer, paid tribute to Adam’s work ethic: “Right from the start of his course, Adam was determined that he was going to make it as a journalist and gave 100% to everything he studied. It was great to welcome him back to Fife College and to hear of his success.
“He is a fantastic role model to our new group of Journalism students who are all keen to follow in his footsteps.”