Hannah Doyle (LHS 2002)
Celebrity Journalist and Author
Company: Freelance / Self-Employed
Industry Sector: Entertainment and Media
A Levels: English, Art, French and General Studies
Grades Achieved: AABB
University: Durham University
Degree Course: BA (Hons) English Literature
Professional Accreditation: PG Diploma in Journalism and NCTJ Trained Journalist
I left Loughborough High School with far more than a bunch of A Levels in my back pocket. The friends and the memories from my time there will last a lifetime. From feeling oh-so-grown up to have our own Common Room in Upper Five (I’m that ancient that I was at school before ‘years’) to sitting out on the quad on a sunny day, desperately trying to retain some information before an exam. I loved it, and it stood me in great stead for my future career thanks, in part, to encouraging work experience in my chosen field and helping me to get the grades I needed for university.
I gained a place at Durham University studying English Literature because I knew I wanted to write professionally. Durham was amazing fun and I spent three fantastic years there.
"I left Loughborough High with far more than a bunch of A Levels in my back pocket."
After uni, I returned to Leicestershire and spent a year studying Journalism as a post-grad at De Montfort University. Following that, I got my first job as a Features Writer at South West News Service, a press agency in Bristol where I wrote pieces for national newspapers and magazines. I then moved to London and freelanced for a number of real life magazines, such as Bella and That’s Life!, before accepting a job with Reveal magazine as a Celebrity Writer. I spent five years living in London and working at Reveal, latterly as their Deputy Celebrity Editor, where my job included interviewing celebrities, attending photoshoots, going to showbiz parties and attending film premieres. Seriously fun!
I then went freelance and relocated to Yorkshire with my husband where I continue to work as a freelance writer, writing for weekly and monthly magazines as well as online news websites. I’ve also had my first book published, The Year of Saying Yes. Writing a novel has been a dream of mine ever since my days at LHS, so it’s really exciting to see that dream come true.
"my job included interviewing celebrities, attending photoshoots, going to showbiz parties and attending film premieres."
Job Search Tips
Gain as much relevant experience as you can.
Current Needs of Employers in my field
For celebrity journalism: to be able to write sharp, interesting copy in a short space of time. For writing a book: To have your finger on the pulse and know your market, inside out.
Things I wish I’d known in Sixth Form
That P.E actually isn’t so bad!
Describe LHS in three words
A brilliant opportunity