One hundred and eighty journalism students from Highbury College and the Universities of Winchester, Bournemouth and Southampton Solent attended the Southern Centre’s “Working in Journalism event” in early November
The event, which was held at Highbury College, Portsmouth, discussed changing practices in journalism and also provided informal access to 15 working journalists.
Among those attending were Managing Editor of ITV News Robin Elias, London Live reporter Reya El-Salahi and the Director of News Services at Olympic Broadcasting Services, Grant Coleman.
Elias explained that the new-look News at Ten was aiming to give stories a more analytical and conversational treatment. The majority of the young audience admitted to not watching the main TV bulletins preferring more informal sources, but Elias stressed that trusted brands are more important than ever when social media can be full of rumour and conjecture.
Head of Visual Journalism at Sky News, Peter Diapre emphasised the growing importance of packaging TV for smart phones and tablets.
Coleman revealed that he searches the internet to see what job applicants post on social media because that says a lot about a person’s ability to act in a professional manner.