Krishnan Guru-Murthy visits Warwick
Yesterday I attended a question and answer session with Channel 4 presenter, journalist and Warwick honorary graduate Krishnan Guru-Murthy. This was organised by the Warwick Boar (The University of Warwick students’ newspaper, highly recommend any eager writers to get involved!) at the Warwick Arts Centre. Last year, I attended a ‘Young People’s Question Time’ event in Parliament which was chaired by Krishnan, so it was great to see him again and be able to ask him some questions this time! I found the Q&A both interesting and inspiring, so thought I should share some of what he said.
The event started with an introduction from Krishnan, explaining how he became a television presenter and what encouraged him to enter this field. Krishnan received an offer from the University of Oxford to study Medicine, however, changed his mind, deciding to take a gap year and reapply to study Philosophy, Politics and Economics instead. During his gap year, he was given the opportunity to present on BBC2 and discovered a new passion. Krishnan’s drive allowed him to do something he finds enjoyable, emphasising the importance of working hard he said: “If you are interested in journalism, there are still lots of opportunities out there.”
A favourite quote of mine: “never give up, you never know how close you are to success.” Take on any new opportunity which comes your way, and don’t forget university is a time to try new things and get out of your comfort zone!
There were many questions asked such as:
- Who is your favourite interviewee? – “The ones you enjoy are the ones that are the most powerful”
- Is the news too depressing? – “There are times when I certainly wouldn’t let my children watch [the news]”
- Do you think social media campaigns can be just as effective at holding politicians to account as journalists can? – “It is important to remember that social media isn’t necessarily a reflection of overall public opinion”
- Do you think your interview style is controversial, if so why? – “Ultimately yes I do, as this is the best way to get answers”
This event is part of the Warwick Boar speaker series, to celebrate Warwick’s 50th Anniversary. There are lots of events taking place across campus, covering various academic disciplines; for instance Warwick Business School alumni Tobias Wagnert gave a talk on mergers and acquisitions two days ago as part of their series of guest lectures. Similarly, Rolls-Royce gave a presentation to Engineering students explaining their contribution to the aviation industry.
These events are great for students to engage in debates and learn more about a particular field, possibly even one you hadn’t thought about before. Big thanks to Warwick for organising these!
Shanita 🙂 xo