A group of School of Journalism trainees got the opportunity to network with top names in journalism at the exclusive London Press Club Ball.

The ball took place on Friday 7 October at Grosvenor House in Park Lane, London, and our School of Journalism undergraduate trainees got to dress to impress and connect with people from across the industry – alongside our News Associates fast-track trainees and some News Associates alumni.

Every year, the London Press Club Ball invites editors, correspondents and presenters to get together and celebrate the achievements of journalists, with proceeds going to the London Press Club and the Journalists’ Charity.

Second year trainee Ruby Smith said: ‘‘It felt very professional whilst also being a fun social event with live music, complimentary drinks and food.’’

Izi Thornley, also in her second year, said: “The London Press Club Ball was an amazing experience, where we had the opportunity to network with a variety of people from the industry.

“It helped me build a better journalistic network and I am excited to maintain my new connections.”

The ball also gave trainees the chance to socialise with each other outside of the classroom.

Second year trainee Holly Nichols said: ‘‘It gave me the opportunity to speak to some of the trainees on the fast-track course, who I normally wouldn’t cross paths with, about their experiences at News Associates.’’

News Associates fast-track trainee Eve Bennett said: ‘‘It was amazing to get the chance to meet so many established journalists and get their top tips for success in the industry.

‘‘I left feeling a lot more confident that hard work will pay off and there is a place for me in journalism.

‘‘The open bar and tasty food were also considerable highlights, as well as the fantastic live band who got everyone dancing!’’

Fast-track trainee Martha said: ‘‘I particularly enjoyed speaking to Daily Mail royal editor Rebecca English about being a woman in journalism.”

News Associates editorial development manager Lucy Dyer said: “It’s great to be able to offer our trainees to attend events like these and see them networking outside of our newsroom.”

Don’t worry, exclusive events aren’t the only way to get your foot in the door of the journalism industry!

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