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Worcester Journalism student Lewis Edwards will be living life in the fast lane when he graduates this summer as he moves straight into his dream job as a racing correspondent.

Lewis, who is aged 24 and from Shropshire, started work experience with Talkative Broadcasting in June and has now landed a job with the company, which covers the British Touring Car Championship (BTCC).

“On my first day in the job, I was based at Oulton Park racetrack,” explains Lewis, who is just completing his BA (Hons) Journalism course. “I started off shadowing the owner, Patrick Russell, but I was soon doing pieces on my own.

“We go out to the Championships races at all the venues, like Silverstone and Donington Park, and put together audio pieces for the website and for social media. I also then compile written articles for the website.”

As well as covering the BTCC – one of the most established motor racing championships in the world - Talkative Broadcasting also has a contract with the Pirtek Racing team and covers the racing performance of their drivers Andrew Jordan and Martin Depper.

Lewis continues: “It’s a great job. Being on the journalism course has given me a great base to work from. Right from the first year I was sent out doing vox pops and talking to strangers.

“At first you feel very nervous and timid, but the more you do it the more comfortable and competent you become.”

He said a work placement at the BBC in his second year, arranged as part of a partnership with the University, had also helped to ‘broaden his horizons’ and helped to develop his confidence.

Lewis suspended his studies for two years for personal reasons but said: “Coming back was the best decision I’ve ever made in my life. I’ve loved the last three years. They’ve been absolutely amazing.”

Claire Wolfe, Principal Lecturer/Subject Leader in Journalism, said: “Lewis has impressed us with his determination to succeed. He is now working at a professional level and we have every confidence that he will do well in his chosen career.”

To find out more about Talkative Broadcasting, visit www.talkativebroadcasting.co.uk