Well it’s not everyday you are in the news…

A seismic shift in outlook inspires Hannah to academic success

Hannah Gray

This was an article written about me on the Sussex University website…

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The earthquake and tsunami in Japan in 2011 prompted Hannah Gray (nee Clifton) to give up a glamorous musical theatre career and pursue a career in journalism.

Hannah’s previous line of work might seem a far cry from graduating  from the University of Sussex on 14 July with a BA International Development, but it came quite naturally to her.

Her singing and dancing career took her round the world working on cruise ships. She also worked for Walt Disney in Paris, Milan, Tokyo and Istanbul. Along the way she sometimes saw poverty and social unrest.

Then, whilst working for Walt Disney in Japan, the earthquake and tsunami struck in March 2011. The theme park was flooded – not by the tsunami but by liquefaction, because the ground was weakened by the quake.

Her work stopped with the closure of the theme park and she found herself glued to the news about the main disaster zone nearby. The wall-to-wall coverage about the terror of aftershocks and whether the Fukushima nuclear plant would leak radiation was frightening but fascinating, Hannah says.

“I became very interested in journalism – as I felt lots of the media coverage was sensationalist. I wanted to watch to absorb the information but it also made me terrified.”

Read more here: http://www.sussex.ac.uk/broadcast/read/31078

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