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Stephen Finch

Considering media in different cultural contexts from my course at SOAS helped me to think more deeply about the paper's role within its own society.

Year graduated from SOAS  
2008

Programme studied
MA Anthropology of Media

Job title and name of organisation
Business Editor, Phnom Penh Post

About me
I am responsible for editing and running the business section at the Phnom Penh Post, a daily newspaper in English and Khmer in Cambodia. I got the job through knowing two people at the paper having previously worked with them. Certainly considering media in different cultural contexts from my course at SOAS helped me to think more deeply about the paper's role within its own society. Plus studying a minor in intermediate Mandarin was useful - Chinese is fast becoming the country's second language.

Having an MA in general I believed helped as nowadays many newspaper consider postgraduate study as a necessity. I would recommend to other would-be journalists that it’s best to decide what you want to work and where you want to work and then just go for it, even if it means trying to freelance. Journalism is all about connections, unfortunately, so being in the right place is half the battle.

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