"I'm starting as a financial reporter for Dow Jones, London on 4th August. 25k a year starting wage is a little more than expected, but who am I to complain? Thanks for the support."
Richie Benson, JW Graduate, Financial Reporter, Dow Jones, London
Teaches: Media Law, Court Reporting, Online journalism and mentors online journalism
Started out writing a music column before studying to become a journalist.
First reporting job at the Buckinghamshire Advertiser, rising to chief reporter.
Joined the Trinity Mirror Southern central features team as a writer sub editor for a numerous newspapers in London and the Home Counties.
Went to the Worthing Herald series as a junior news sub editor rising to production editor of the Littlehampton Gazette.
Internet skills were talent spotted and rose to become web editor of the Worthing Herald Series and Chichester Observer Series.
Joined the Johnston Press national digital champions team and evangelised the use of a multitude of social media and web tools.
Spent a short spell at Journalism.co.uk as production editor.
Returned to mainstream news as web editor of The Argus.
Started teaching online journalism in 2009 and assisting with reporting skills since 2011. Media law from 2014.
Edits Pier Support magazine for parents in Brighton and Hove.
Blogs about journalism, crochet and parenting.
What is my style of teaching?
I'm extremely enthusiastic about all areas of journalism and hope this is shared by students. Online journalism and media law are dynamic subjects where new tools, ideas and cases are presented almost on a weekly basis.
It is my aim to keep students up-to-date with what they need to know both for their exams and in working life.
Claims to fame
Two months after completing my NCTJ course I covered the first sentencing of a case of Internet grooming to reach Crown Court.
I have touched a real Oscar and interviewed a wide variety of people from David Cameron and Dominic Grieve to Mary Berry and Steve Lamacq.
For a few years I was the most followed weekly newspaper journalist on Twitter and then the second most followed regional newspaper journalist (after my Argus colleague Jo Wadsworth).
In 2011 I was listed among the top 100 journalists on Twitter.