Unique TV news roles begin for student journalists

A group of journalism students at Nottingham Trent University have started work at Notts TV, becoming the first in the country to be attached to a live TV station during their final year of study.

I believe in the future this will set me apart in the industry and give me some valuable experience that you couldn't get in a classroom environment.

Emma Hubbard, Broadcast Journalism student

A group of journalism students at Nottingham Trent University have started work at Notts TV, becoming the first in the country to be attached to a live TV station during their final year of study.

Eighteen third year students, twelve on the BA (Hons) Broadcast Journalism course and six on the BA (Hons) Print Journalism course at the University's Centre for Broadcasting and Journalism, where Notts TV News is based, have begun placements attached to the Notts TV newsroom and website as part of a Journalism at Work module.

Working on a rota of five full-time days a fortnight, the students are fully integrated into the newsroom and work alongside the team of professional video journalists.

As part of their roles they research, film and edit material for the three news bulletins and one magazine programme which are broadcast on Notts TV every evening. While the programmes are on air, students also take on the roles of floor manager, guest greeter, camera operator and prompt operator.

On their first day, a report produced by Broadcast Journalism students Emma Hubbard and Gabrielle Keepfer was chosen to be broadcast on Notts TV news.

Emma, 21, said: "Working with Notts TV so far has already been both exciting and rewarding. I believe in the future this will set me apart in the industry and give me some valuable experience that you couldn't get in a classroom environment, so I'm very honoured to be a part of it."

Gabrielle, 20, added: "I am thrilled to be working with Notts TV this year. It's such a unique and exciting opportunity and to have our work broadcast on our first day gave us a fantastic feeling of achievement."

In addition, the students have been tasked with the development of a bespoke Notts TV News website which is anticipated will go live on the Notts TV website in January.

Notts TV news editor, Chris Breese, said: "The students have already made a real contribution to our programmes in the first few days of their attachments. They are proving a valuable addition to the Notts TV news team. In the long term I hope the project can help students to leave here with some of the highest levels of skills and experience among journalism graduates."

Work produced by the students will be used towards their university assessment and their experience is overseen by Nottingham Trent University's Notts TV co-ordinator, Deborah Kelly, who ensures it fits in with their course requirements.

Deborah said: "This is not an easy option for the students. It is going to be a busy and tough year for them. But it is incredibly exciting and challenging. They are embracing the challenge with wonderful enthusiasm. Notts TV news has benefitted from the work of the work placement students over the summer and is already seeing great results from the third year pathway students. We hope this innovative module will greatly increase the employability of our students and encourage similar co-operations between industry and education."

During the summer a total of 45 second year, third year and master's students also completed one and two week work placements at the station, working on the news programmes and the magazine-style 6.30 Show. During term time other third year students not on the Journalism at Work module or second year students are being offered placements at weekends and during holiday periods at Notts TV.

I hope the project can help students to leave here with some of the highest levels of skills and experience among journalism graduates.

Chris Breese, Notts TV News Editor

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Unique TV news roles begin for student journalists

Published on 10 October 2014
  • Category: Press office; School of Arts and Humanities

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