Letter - ...although some people back his case

Well said, Gary Farrow. Your piece on the absurdities of many 'meedja'-type degrees was spot on; especially following recent stories about the extraordinary list of courses available to the young. My 'university' was four years of learning to be a sub and then reporter on a daily newspaper. It led me to become the head of PR for a major British airline at 27.

I had started in public relations as a humble assistant to Elisabeth de Stroumillo, who later became travel editor of The Daily Telegraph. She taught me more in six months than a myriad of ill-informed lectures could have done.

Formal advanced education is vital in many professional spheres, but in the media experience, common sense and aptitude are the true qualifications.

Stuart Hulse. chairman, Hulse Public Relations.

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