Loughborough Alumni

Our alumni

Rob Hastings

Deputy Features Editor: The i Newspaper

Rob graduated in 2007 with a B.A. in English. Now working for the i newspaper, he has also worked for the Independent and enjoys the varied nature of writing articles.

Why did you choose to study English at Loughborough University?

It seemed an accessible, non-pretentious course, with a friendly department in a nice town.

How has Loughborough University inspired you and helped you to progress in your career?

Loughborough gave me a taste for working in journalism with Label magazine, which was a very good grounding.

Would there be one piece of advice that you would give to current or prospective students looking to study the same course that you did?

Think early about what you want to do after university and how you might get into that career. Do you need to do another course? If so, go to open days and arrange work experience for your holidays.

Can you tell us about your career journey so far?

I started at The Independent in 2010 as an intern, was given freelance reporting shifts within a couple of months, became Assistant News Editor in 2013, Deputy News Editor in 2014, and moved to the i newspaper as Deputy Features Editor in 2016 when it was sold to Johnston Press.

Can you tell us more about working for the i Paper?

We’re a small but hard-working team, proud to be making a newspaper that readers love and trust.

What do you love the most about your job?

My colleagues, interviewing fascinating people, and getting to visit unusual places.

What does the future hold for you?

Hopefully working for newspapers for as long as good ones exist, and writing lots more articles.

What has been the proudest moment of your career so far?

Interviewing former FBI Director, James Comey.


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