Journo Tom lands Times position

Tom Farmery
Tom Farmery

A MARKET Rasen man has landed his dream job in journalism – and it all started at the Market Rasen Mail.

In September, former De Aston pupil Tom Farmery starts a two-year postgraduate position with The Times newspaper – one of only two recruits from more than 500 applicants.

“I really didn’t expect to come out of university and get a job straight away on a national,” said Tom.

He will spend his first year working on home news and then will specialise in year two.

“I have always believed in aiming for the top, but I didn’t expect to aim and get there at the age of 22 – I feel incredibly lucky.”

But it is not all about luck, Tom has worked hard too.

He gained a First in Investigative Journalism at Lincoln University and then secured a bursary to study for his MA at City University in London, where he is expected to receive a distinction when the results come out later this month.

His investigative piece on bare knuckle fighting for his final year at Lincoln also saw him shortlisted for the Guardian Media Awards Student of the Year, where he got down to the last five.

But it was in his home town his interest in journalism was born.

At the age of 15, he undertook a work experience placement at the Rasen Mail, where he saw his first story in print.

“I remember doing a story on Caistor’s south-western bypass.

“That really was how it all started and now seven years on I am starting work in London.

“Local papers give a great service and it was a fantastic start for me.”