Emily Blewett

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  • Studentship: City University London, 2010-11

As a student of history and politics, I parted from numbers and graphs at an early stage in my academic life. By the time I was an undergraduate at the University of Exeter, they caught up with me as they did with the rest of the world—in the form of a global financial crisis. After graduation I decided that I not only wanted to understand the messy world of finance and economics around me, but be at the forefront reporting it. As I study for a Financial Journalism MA at City University London, I am immensely grateful to the foundation for granting me the financial support to help realise my ambition.

Deciding I wanted to be a journalist was less of a revelation than luck. At university, I was surrounded by an award-winning student newspaper editorial team and an encouraging local newspaper. Since then, I have had the opportunity to write for The Guardian on the prevention of HIV in Lesotho. I have also worked for a Brussels-based financial news service and Deutsche Welle-TV in Berlin.

Shortly after the term began, my calculator was put to use for the first time since my GCSEs. I will not make the same mistake again. Numbers should not remain in calculators but are critical to understanding both our past and future. As a financial journalist, I look forward to being the one doing the explaining.

[October 2010]