19th July 2002




A Journalism student who set up his own rock music web site has got his first break as a music journalist.


Steve Braund, who will graduate from the University of Lincoln next week, has seen his first live review in print in the pages of New Musical Express.


He’s been taken on by the weekly paper as a freelance contributor – and he’s hoping that writing for NME will open other doors into music journalism.


“This is pretty much my dream job coming straight from university,” said Steve. “I’ve written three articles and it looks like I’m going to be writing a fair few more on a freelance basis.


“Once I’ve got my name known at NME I can look for other publications and hopefully get a staff contract.”


Steve says he was doing mundane work while on work experience in April but the reviews editor was impressed by an album review he wrote and asked him to produce more articles for the live section.


“My first published review was of Ill Nino and I’ve written two more on commission – a live review of Skindred in Wolverhampton and a review of Jerry Cantrell’s new album ‘Degradation Trip’,” said Steve (22) of Telford.


Steve’s rock journalism career began in February 2001 when he set up ‘AmplifyThis’, a web site devoted to British alternative metal bands such as Pitchshifter and Skindred.


After 18 months his site has attracted almost 20,000 visitors and is currently averaging 2,500 hits per month.


‘AmplifyThis’ features news, reviews, biographies, competitions, a discussion board and a chatroom and can be found at www.amplifythis.co.uk


 Steve will graduate with a BA (Hons) degree in Journalism at Lincoln Cathedral at 11.30am on Friday 26th July 2002.


For more information contact: Jez Ashberry, Press and Media Relations Manager

University of Lincoln (tel: 01522 886042)

email: jashberry@lincoln.ac.uk