My name is Robyn Bateman and I’m an alcoholic… Just kidding! I’m a journalist so I’m duty-bound to tell the truth. My background is in regional newspapers, latterly as an editor, and for the past 10 years I’ve been churning out online content and editing websites for a university. And I pride myself on having a
sometimes misplaced sense of humour.
I started out as a junior reporter on the Ludlow and South Shropshire Journal at the tender age of 18 and continued to work my way up through the ranks – senior reporter, chief reporter, news editor, sub editor, deputy editor, assistant editor, features and supplements editor and acting editor. After exhausting all possible job titles working for Shropshire Weekly Newspapers, I realised I wasn’t willing to wait for one of the group editors to die (the only way I was going to get my own editorship) so handed in my notice and left the shire to become series editor with Trident Midland Newspapers, based in Coalville, Leicestershire, where I edited four newspapers, ran the editorial and production department and had the chance to drive a 15-year-old Mini Metro van. Long story.
As sites like Facebook and Myspace began to emerge, I decided to leave Coalville and its 20th century ways and find a new challenge – and a heated office too, bonus! I started as a communications project officer with The Open University and to cut a long story short I am now very much a multimedia journalist there.
I’m currently tackling the MA in Online Journalism (distance learning) with Birmingham City University to put some theory behind my self-taught skills and add another qualification to the CV. It’s gonna be tough but I’m pretty sure I’ll love it. I actually started this in 2011 but two kids in quick succession forced a break and I’ve picked up where I left off. Older and wiser. Due to graduate in summer 2017.