Former Student & Current Capital FM Presenter Visits Journalism Students

English & Media

Our second year Journalism students were treated to a talk from Jono Holmes, a former Itchen student who is now a radio presenter for Capital FM, on Friday 9 December.

While studying at Itchen, Jono gained a B in English Language, a B in Geography and a B in Media. He hosted Itchen Radio and also took part in the Journalism course. He went on to study Radio and Journalism at the University of Westminster and it was during university that he gained extensive experience and built up a professional portfolio by working at various radio stations and on different shows. These included working with BBC Radio 1 presented Nick Grimshaw on his late night show, commentating on the Boxing for a Chinese radio station during the London 2012 Olympics and Talk Sport Radio where he worked as a producer. He also worked on his university radio station, Smoke Radio.

Jono believes that it's all this experience and the contacts he's made along the way that have enabled him to work his way up to where he is now - presenting the Saturday show, producing the breakfast show and (as of January 2017) presenting the breakfast show on Capital FM. He recommended going to university to the class, as he said it presents opportunities to build up experience in a way that going straight into work won't allow - with university you have free periods where you can spend time volunteering in the media and your lecturers will accommodate work placements, meaning you can build your portfolio much quicker. He also recommended it purely for the university experience, saying it's "really good".

He gave our students some invaluable advice for going into industry, recommending that they start building their CV, portfolio and contacts as soon as possible, and also advising them not to "burn their bridges" as "everyone in the media knows everyone". He gave them tips on how to deliver radio material to individual audiences, telling them to listen to the adverts to work out a radio's audience and then build their show around that audience, making it relevant to the listener, even if it's more work for them to do.

When asked about the overall radio experience, Jono said it was a "pretty sweet" job to have and that, if you want to do well in the media industry "you get out of it what you get in" so hard work is definitely recommended.  

It's always great to have former students in to college and find out what they're doing now. We hope to have more talks like this in the future.

If you're a former Itchen student who is working in a career relevant to their college studies and you would be interested in giving a talk to our students, please get in contact with us.