Founder of popular media careers advice site Mediargh dies aged 31 - Press Gazette

Founder of popular media careers advice site Mediargh dies aged 31

Billy Dowling-Reid, founder of media careers website Mediargh, has died aged 31.

A statement on the website on Friday read: “Mediargh is no longer being updated due to the long-term illness and death of its founder.

“Mediargh will be under new management and continue in some form at a later date.”

Dowling-Reid previously worked as an online content producer for the Scottish Government’s websites before moving to Channel 4.

In 2014 he quit his job at Channel 4 to focus on Mediargh, the website he had founded a year earlier to offer advice, resources and support to people interested in a career in media.

The website, which championed paid internships, was popular with students, graduates and employers and amassed over 88,000 followers on Twitter.

Dowling-Reid, who lived in Edinburgh, was diagnosed with Leukaemia three years ago, according to the Glasgow Evening Times

Tributes to him were shared on social media.

Shafi Musaddique, a journalist at CNBC, said: “So sorry to hear the news. Have religiously used this site since graduating in 2012 – it’s given me hope in a sea of endless troubles. Thank you.”

Andrea Tomé, a publishing student, said: “This is so sad. Thank you for always updating students on internships, entry-level jobs and work experience gigs.

“Mediargh has seriously helped me during my MA.”


2 thoughts on “Founder of popular media careers advice site Mediargh dies aged 31”

  1. The sudden death of the founding father of Mediargh, a rich source of information for many ambitious entrants into journalism, is a big blow.

    I have used the site many times and found it very helpful in my search for a paid internship opportunity.

    Whilst I have now found a niche in law and will qualify in three seats next year, I have no doubt that it will continue to be a vital source of support for many. RIP.

    Mohammed Bello
    Trainee Solicitor & MA Broadcast Journalist

  2. I’m making over $7k a month working part time. I kept hearing other people tell me how much money they can make online so I decided to look into it. Well, it was all true and has totally changed my life.

    This is what I do…

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