Olivia is a staff journalist at the BBC and a documentary filmmaker – as well as the founder of Press Pad. In addition for the BBC – she’s written for The Guardian, The Economist, TIME Magazine, Reuters, and others. The situation with unpaid internships was so bad when she started out that she calculated that a one-way ticket to Chile would be a more cost-effective option, AND help her learn Spanish.
After time in South America, she went on to graduate from Columbia Journalism School, before being lucky enough to do a lot of paid internships and fellowships in the US with the likes of VICE News, AJ+, the BBC Washington bureau and The Wall Street Journal. Ironically it was one of only two unpaid internships she did at the BBC World Service that led to her current job now.
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Laura Garcia’s work as a multimedia journalist started back in her home town of Mexico as a photographer for a newspaper. She also worked for newspapers and film production companies in the US before coming to the UK in September 2011. She completed the MA in Multimedia Journalism at the University of Kent in the summer of 2012.
After that she was able to get into the world of broadcast because her lecturers and their friends allowed her to crash living rooms and bedrooms while she was getting work experience. Because of their help, Laura has been able to work in different newsrooms across the UK: ITV Meridian, BBC South East, BBC Radio Kent, NBC News, R4’s The World Tonight and ITN’s Channel 5 News. Currently she works as a Lecturer in Television and Multimedia Journalism is Special Programme’s producer at KMTV and as a foreign correspondent for Imagen Mexico, Bloomberg Mexico and Estrella TV in Los Angeles.
Alfie Tobutt is a freelance multimedia journalist who grew up in Sydney, Australia, but relocated to the English countryside when he was 18. From there, he attended the University of Kent’s Centre for Journalism and graduated in 2018. He covered the 2016 EU referendum for KentOnline, and the 2017 snap general election for Sky News. He was formerly an intern at KMTV, and has also worked with the BBC, The Week Magazine Australia, and the ABC (Australian Broadcasting Corporation). Additionally, he has volunteered within the Kent Police media department.
His areas of interest include crime, education, politics, the environment, and country music.