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Brigita Leonaviciute | University of Sunderland

Magazine Journalism BA (Hons)

  • Name: Brigita Leonaviciute
  • Age: 22
  • Studying: Magazine Journalism BA (Hons)
  • Hometown: Kaunas, Lithuania
  • Ambitions: My biggest dream is to become a successful journalist. There is no better feeling than the excitement of interviewing people.

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May 28th, 2015



A couple of weeks ago my friend Militsa interviewed me for her final project, which is a TV package of various videos about Sunderland and international students. So, today I would like to share a video with you about international students and what means to be one of them. Enjoy!

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May 25th, 2015





A couple of days ago it was the day I’d submitted my final project. I’m still finding hard to realise what just happened, because all this final year was the most craziest and stressful EVER. After months of putting everything together, millions of mental breakdowns, thousands litres of tears and thoughts about dropping out from university, I would like to introduce my little baby – my travel magazine Travelust.


The reason I’ve chosen to produce a travel magazine is because I love traveling. I think travel is greatest life experience and there is no such a thing you could buy in order to outlive such a breath-taking moments. The second reason that pushed me into this ‘theme’ – travel bloggers. After of years reading travel blogs I got inspired by other people and their adventures; also realised there aren’t many travel magazines writing about these people and their crazy lives, so I decided to tell their stories.

My magazine consists of 50 pages of stories told by real life travellers: they aren’t paid travel experts, they just people who have swapped their 9 to 5 lives into a much more interesting way of living – travel. They share their own experiences and also seek to inspire others to start exploring the world, which is such a beautiful thing.


I’d also shared my own travel experience in Morocco. If you follow my blog, you might remember my post about my little trip to Marrakech and how I almost missed my flight. Thanks to God, I managed to catch the plane and as the result 14 pages article has born.


I would like to say A BIG THANKS to everyone who supported me over these months and believed in my when I didn’t believe in myself.


Dear travel bloggers, photographers, the illustrator and people who got involved, THANK YOU for collaborating – you are the reason Travelust exists today.





P.S. I’m going to upload a full version of my magazine when I receive the results and the feedback. Fingers crossed!

May 15th, 2015

Work Placement Week 2

I’m still in Manchester doing my work placement, so watch this video below to find out how I was getting on this week.

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May 8th, 2015

Work Placement Week 1

Hello Everyone,

This week I’m in Manchester doing a work placement in a magazine called A-Magazine. Watch my video below to find out how I was getting on.


May 8th, 2015

CV Writing Tips

Hi Everyone!

Today I decided to share some CV writing tips, which I hope are going to be useful.FB12-Shredder

If you are in your second year at the moment and don’t have a resume yet, better start creating one soon as you will need it when looking for a work placement next year. However, even if you are about to start uni it’s always good to have a CV as you might get an opportunity to apply for an internship or a temporary project that will gain you some experience and without a CV you’ll not be able to do that.

So let’s start!

 ALWAYS write it with the employer in mind: the main job CV does is to get you a work interview, so it must have impact, targeted to the employer and attractive enough to make you stand out. ITrecruit6

Keep it concise: make sure your resume is NO MORE than TWO PAGES. An employer approximately spends 10 seconds scanning candidate’s – so the information must be easy to get. National Union of Journalists suggests consider creating a separate, longer attachment listing projects completed an imbed links to publications, video and media you have contributed to.

Use words that can make an impact: make sure you start sentences with “action” words such as created, instead of creates. Also don’t use sentences with “I”. 16

Make it unique: your CV more likely to be picked up from a big pile of CVs, if it has something different such as  layout. If you are good in inDesign, you can definitely use your skills to make your CV look catchy. Of course, make sure you keep it simple and classy without any distracting details.  Even Microsoft Office package has lots of functions these days that can help you to create an outstanding CV.


Make no grammar mistakes: make sure you read carefully a few times before sending it to an employer. You can also give the CV to read to your friends or lecturers from uni to double check it for you.


I found this video online ,when I was looking for CV writing tips for myself , where UK’s business leaders give advices and directions about how to make a good CV.

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May 7th, 2015


Hello Everyone!


The final deadlines are approaching and in a couple of weeks’ time I’ll be entering the world of grownups. Sounds unbelievable. I know!

I’m currently working hard on my final project which is a travel magazine for travel enthusiasts like me. Last year I wrote a post about the magazine presentation all third years had to do where we had to pitch an idea for  a potential magazine. After that you have to produce that publication publication as you final project.

Since the presentation day lot’s things have changed about my magazine. At first, I’ve changed my magazine’s name, from Reality to Travelust; also the list of stories that meant to go in my magazine is slightly different too. You can plan the content of a magazine, but you never know when a good story is going to find you.

There were so many times when I was just Googling something and booooom I discover a very interesting  and different story.  One of those times also were when I was looking for some information for one of my features and found Emily, a girl who sails around the world solo. I thought, I definitely have to interview her, so I emailed her and got lucky, because she agreed to do a short interview on Skype. Well it wasn’t a short interview actually, it took me around 20mins to get answers to all the questions I had.

I decided to share a short audio clip from this interview in order you to see how interviews for journalism assignments look like. If you are starting a journalism course, you’ll have to do lots of interviews, for sure.

Emily’s story is very interesting and worth to be heard.


May 1st, 2015


IMG_6647Hello Everyone!

Last weekend I went down to London for one of the most amazing fashion events in the UK – The Vogue Festival. Every year British Vogue organises two days fashion fiesta where everyone interested in fashion can attend masterclasses and talk with the best in the industry. This year’s line-up of participants included John Galliano, Jean Paul Gaultier, Alexa Chung, Bobbi Brown, Kate Upton, Roksanda Ilincic, Erdem Moralioglu, Charlotte Olympia, Olivier Rousteing, Stella Tennant, Tim Walker and the king of shoes – Christian Louboutin.


I was waiting till the last minute to buy a ticket for this event due the amount of uni work I still have left, but after my mum and friends encouraged me, I decided to go – so I booked myself a ticket for a Christian Louboutin Talk: Tales From Beyond the Red Sole (you should of see me after I booked my ticket – jumping around the silent room from the excitement).



The talk with Christian was hosted by the editor-in-chief Alexandra Shulman. The designer disclosed how he came up with the idea to create shoes with red sole – “It came as a happy accident,” he said. At the time, his assistant was painting nails a bright red colour and Christian got an idea to try to see how the shoe with red sole would look like. So he took the nail polish from his assistant and started painting the sole. Christian made everyone laugh by telling that his assistant was screaming at him at that time to give the nail polish back – “Look I have only three nails painted,” told Louboutin.


After the talk Alexandra Shulman asked the audience if they have questions. It was very entertaining because people were not asking typical questions :”I had a pair of Louboutins and my shoes have been stolen. Would you consider of making something like find my iPhone app just for Louboutin shoes – find my Louboutins,” asked one girl from the audience.  Another funny proposal was from  the other girl to go for coffee, however Christian said no -due to his trip to Barcelona later that day.



After the masterclass I went to the main venue where lots of activities happened: the beauty bar where you could get your hair, makeup and nails done, a little photo studio where you could get your own Vogue cover – I got one as well!!!! Also there were specialists hosting Vogue Styling sessions to discuss the latest fashion trends and let’s don’t forget the Vogue shop where you could buy #Everything_Vogue!

I made a short video about this festival. Just click the button below and enjoy 39 seconds of Vogue.

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April 9th, 2015



Just before Easter I filmed one of my days – from the early morning to the late night.  If you’ve ever wondered how the typical day of a third year journalism student looks like this video is for you. Enjoy!


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April 9th, 2015



I have just came back to Sunderland from my little Easter break in Liverpool. My mum lives there, so I went to visit her and to celebrate the most amazing Spring Festival – Easter. I love Easter! Easter is the most wonderful time of the year.  I’m really not a Christmas person – I am more an Easter bunny.

We have big Easter traditions in Lithuania: we’re painting eggs, going to the church on Easter Sunday and having special breakfast afterwards. Also, all the kids are always expecting the Easter Granny that brings chocolate eggs and other presents.  We do not have Easter Bunny, so Granny is a symbol of the Lithuanian Easter.

This year we were painting eggs again and I have decided to make a  short video showing the whole process. Who knows it might inspire you to decorate Easter eggs next year.

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April 7th, 2015


The other day I was passing by the City Campus and saw this:

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