Journalists offer advice to Southern students

BBC South broadcast journalist Sophia Seth offers advice to student (Credit: Gordon Cooper)

It is one of the best forums for students to meet working journalists to discuss current opportunities and career development. And, to prove the point, three of the 15 journalists at the event had attended as students in the past two years. In fact, one gained her job with Sky News as a result of the contact she made as a student in 2017.

The professionals included on-screen and online staff from BBC South, ITV Meridian and Sky News, as well as reporters from BBC Radio Solent and the Portsmouth News.

Event report: In conversation with John Lloyd

John Lloyd (Credit: Gordon Cooper)

It was based on his conviction that everything in the world can be made interesting if looked at long enough and approached from the right angle.

Lloyd was appearing at a Southern Centre event held at Southampton Solent University in early December. Interviewed by lecturer Tony Moon, he emphasised the need for TV practitioners to know what they like and then be honest in setting out to achieve it.

Event report: Working in television journalism

The comment came from Sky’s assistant editor (mobile), Peter Diapre, who said that bulletins are good at visual storytelling. He added that the same techniques apply across a range of platforms, even for bite-size news on smaller screens.

Eighteen experts from the BBC, ITV, Sky, Olympic Broadcasting, local TV and press, including a range of freelancers, were on hand to reflect on changing industry practices as well as outlining the unchanging skills required for visual journalism.

Event Report: What exactly is Ultra HD?

The two engineers offered an overview of TV formats, from the beginning of television through to the latest research and proposed standards for the new digital video format, Ultra-HD.

The presentation, which was hosted by Queen Mary College, Basingstoke, covered not only putting extra pixels on screen, but also making them “better pixels”. “We should be trying to make television look like real life,” said Salmon.

As well as higher resolution images, ultra-HD TV also looks to offer higher dynamic range and improved audio.