Media experts inspire budding student journalists at careers day

Aspiring student journalists hoping to break into the media were given the chance to grill leading news employers at a careers day held by Nottingham Trent University.

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Journalism alumni also returned to give their advice

Aspiring student journalists hoping to break into the media were given the chance to grill leading news employers at a careers day held by Nottingham Trent University.

Journalists, editors and producers from major news organisations including ITN, Reuters, BBC and The Guardian joined local media representatives to discuss the industry and give advice on employment after graduation.

The day, organised by the University’s Centre for Broadcasting and Journalism, allowed undergraduate and postgraduate journalism students to ask questions and find out what to expect from a career in the media.

Technical and software editing skills, news bulletin delivery and having lots of creative ideas were just a few of the key attributes the experts said they looked for when employing graduates.

Richard Bilton, investigative reporter for BBC Panorama, said: “The industry is a very competitive environment – those who are good enough get through. The best advice I could offer is if you have the ideas and the enthusiasm and you can align these with your technical skills - you will stand out and do well.”

Journalism alumni were also invited back to talk about their experiences since graduating, and offered their knowledge to the students.

BA (Hons) Broadcast Journalism alumna, Khia Lewis-Todd, graduated in 2016 and is now a journalist with BBC Nottingham.

She said: “It was lovely to come back to the university, catch up with all the tutors and share my advice. Since graduating it’s been a whirlwind, I hope these future journalists can take my advice and use it to help them launch their own careers.”

After the panel discussions, students were given time to learn from speakers in small group sessions, and a networking drinks reception was held to help them build their contacts book.

The annual event, which is in its fourth year, aims to help students make informed choices on where they would like to steer their careers after graduation.

Gail Mellors, event organiser and BA (Hons) Broadcast Journalism course leader, said: “This is one of the highlights of the academic year in which we welcome both employers from the mainstream media and former students now working in the industry, who together provide invaluable insights into the world of work and how to break into it.

“The event informs and inspires our students and helps them understand the employability value of their journalism degree and gives perspective on how there course of study leads to worthwhile and rewarding careers.”

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    Nottingham Trent University’s five-year strategic plan - Creating the University of the Future - has five main ambitions: Creating Opportunity, Valuing Ideas, Enriching Society, Connecting Globally and Empowering People.

    The Queen's Anniversary Prize for Higher and Further Education was awarded to Nottingham Trent University in November 2015. It is the highest national honour for a UK university and recognises the institution’s world-class research. Pioneering projects to improve weapons and explosives detection in luggage, enable safer production of powdered infant formula, and combat food fraud, led to the prestigious award.

Media experts inspire budding student journalists at careers day

Published on 23 January 2017
  • Category: Press office; School of Arts and Humanities

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