Echo editor talks to Media students

Media students from South Essex College were treated to a talk from Echo Editor, Gary Pearson.

The students listened to Gary, who is Head of Content across platforms such as the Echo, Thurrock Gazette, Chelmsford Times and Brentwood Live, recall his career in journalism and give invaluable advice about getting into the industry.

He spoke about his journey to Editor, raising through the ranks of one of the area’s biggest newspaper titles. He also discussed his biggest stories with the students including the Danielle Jones murder case and a campaign to get more funds for Havens Hospice.

Enthusiastic Level 3 Print Media and Journalism, Level 3 TV and Film and Level 1 Media students asked many questions after Gary’s talk. Jordan Curry asked a very relevant question about print -vs- online journalism. There were more about how the publication balances happy and negative news stories.

Students were also incredibly keen to find out how to get started as a journalist, what routes they could take and how to gain work experience. Gary gave some great advice and said: “It’s all about getting yourself out there, approaching publications and gathering a portfolio of work to give you that edge. Find out what kind of journalism you really want to focus on and pursue it.”

For more information about the college’s Media courses, visit