Arriving in the lobby of 40 Argyll Street, just around the corner from Oxford Street station, I’m met by Victoria and taken up to the open space decorated office that houses Buzzfeed UK. As I imagined the branding was clear and the aesthetic was one of fun and energy; the walls are adorned with a map of the world made out of cat stickers and the iconic light box welcomes you in.

Victoria takes me into the kitchen where I spy the wall of free snacks: crisps, Haribo, breakfast bars, popcorn and cereal galore. She introduces me to her colleagues as they pop in and out to grab monster munch and cups of tea. They’re all very friendly and comment on how Brunel students seem to be taking over Buzzfeed UK. ‘Another one? You might as well pull up a chair!’ they joke.

Victoria Sanusi

What did you study at Brunel? Journalism

What year did you graduate? 2015

What was your position at Le Nurb? Culture Editor

Position at Buzzfeed: News Reporter

How did you end up at Buzzfeed?

“I saw a fellowship was going on Twitter and I messaged Alan White, who is now the news editor at Buzzfeed. I sent him an email saying ‘oh is this live, is it still going? I’d really be interested in doing it.’ A news fellowship is like an internship. It trains you to be a reporter and you search through social news and you also do revisional reporting. You get the chance to go and work on different desks like celebrity, lifestyle and science. So I applied and that’s how I got into it. From there I just did the normal interviews afterwards and they said ‘Oh we’d like you to come back!’”

What is your favourite part of your job?

“Snacks? No, I’m joking.”

“I’ve always wanted to be a reporter that writes about black women so I get to do that, that’s really dear to my heart and does mean a lot. I get to give people a voice through such a large channel and industry. It’s really cool.”

“Buzzfeed is really good with diversity. We have so many reporters and staff writers that write identity content for people of colour and the news reporters especially my colleagues Fiona, Aisha and Ikran who do incredible work for people of colour and in such a respectful way. We always take time to make sure the piece is good.”

What is the best piece of work you’ve done while at Buzzfeed?

“I wish you could ask me in a week because I’ve got something coming up!”

“I did this piece on a women who used to work as a sales assistant and now she’s founded her own business and her story is really inspiring. Her products are now being stocked on the shelves at Selfridges but no one was really telling her story so I did a feature on it. It did really well and people really appreciated it online. That was one of my favourites.”

Do you think that being in student media helped you get to where you are now?

“Oh yes definitely. When I used to go to job interviews I would take my portfolio and most of the pieces were from Le Nurb because I would cut out the articles and stick them in. It looked good because with Le Nurb you get so much freedom to write. I did so many different things so I could go to jobs related to fashion and take specific things for that, or even sports. I think Le Nurb really really helped because it shows that you’re passionate. People might say oh it’s because you studied journalism but I don’t think that’s true, student media shows you are doing extra and are passionate about journalism.”

At this point we are interrupted by someone coming into the kitchen - she gives Victoria a glowing reference and play whispers, “She’s the best, we love her” as she grabs a kit kat and heads back to her desk.

Would you ever want to work at another Buzzfeed office across the world?

Victoria leans in and lowers her tone as if she’s about to share a huge secret “I’ve heard that the LA office has an amazing massive coffee machine, so I’d legit go for that.”

She laughs, “No but seriously I wouldn’t want to work anywhere else.”

Favourite ‘noughties’ song (2000-2010)

“Something Sean Paul. I didn’t get to see him when he came to liquid, I had no life in my final year!”

Victoria pulls out her phone and starts scrolling through songs.

“I’d say Akon ‘Don’t matter’ because it made me want to fall in love, even though at the time I must of been about 12.”

What is the funniest thing that’s happened to you recently?

“You know when Angelina and Brad Pitt split up. Everyone literally gasped out loud. I looked up and saw people push away from their desks. That was really funny. It was so dramatic. I couldn’t believe it though, I was in shock.”

Who would win in a fight between Spiderman and Batman?

“I’m going to say Batman, but I really do appreciate Spiderman. Just because I feel like he’s an underrated person, he’s like the underdog.”

What is your favourite cheese?

“I really like cheese but I haven’t even really tried any. When I was at uni and really poor I used to make pasta, tomato sauce and cheese in a pot every night. I love cheese, like cheddar cheese.”

What film are you most looking forward to watching?

“Hidden Figures. I really want to watch it, really really excited for it.”

Any advice to students at Brunel who want to go into journalism?

“It’s never too late to join the student newspaper. I was writing a few pieces in second year but I really got involved in my third year. Don’t ever think it’s too late. Even if you’re really busy, just a few submissions will really help when you go to job interviews and they’re great for your portfolio.”

“Never be afraid to reach out to journalists and go grab coffee with them!”

Jasmin Nahar

What did you study at Brunel? Journalism

What year did you graduate? 2015

What was your position at Le Nurb? Online Culture Editor

Position at Buzzfeed: Staff writer

How did you end up at Buzzfeed?

"I saw on Twitter that there was fellowship going, so I asked them if the deadline is approaching and they replied saying yes, the deadline is approaching really really soon. So I stayed up late, put my contributor post and test post in. I got the fellowship and after three months I was offered a full time position!"

What is your favourite part of your job?

"I really like all of it. I enjoy that you can kind of do what you’re interested in. If you have an idea, even if it sounds weird, someone will trust you and say go with it. The weirder the better."

What is the best piece of work you’ve done while at Buzzfeed?

"Serious wise I wrote a piece on race in the industry and I was really proud of that."

"A less serious article that I wrote was when Vanity Fair did that really inappropriate and weird interview with Margot Robbie, so I did a piece as if they’d interviewed Benedict Cumberbatch. "

Do you think that being in student media helped you get to where you are now?

"I definitely did it to help with my career. I think some of it has come in handy here, I learnt the basics through Le Nurb like rudimentary online skills that I have now developed here."

"I’m glad that I got involved in student media, I would definitely recommend it."

Favourite ‘noughties’ song (2000-2010)

“Sugar, We're Goin Down by Fall Out Boy”

Who would win in a fight between Spiderman and Batman?

“I’m going to say Batman. He has the strength and I feel like it would be quite easy to take Spiderman down, I mean he just spins webs.”

What is your favourite cheese?

There is no hesitation in this answer, “Applewood smoked cheese because it tastes a bit like bacon.”

What film are you most looking forward to watching?

“Guardians of the Galaxy 2”

Follow Jasmin and Victoria on Twitter and look out for their names next time you click on a Buzzfeed article or quiz!

@Jasmin__Kaur

@victoriasanusi