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Friday 7 November 2014

Working in Journalism...

Southampton Solent University teamed up with the Royal Television Society to bring a stellar cast to the first inaugural ‘Working in Journalism’ event.

Head of BBC Newsgathering Jonathan Munro, Head of ITV Digital News Jason Mills and Neil Dunwoodie, Editor Digital Sky News, headlined a session called ‘How Working in Journalism is Changing’ in front of 150 students and 20 other industry professionals.


“The skills are the same as we had 20, 40 even 60 years ago – just the method of delivery is changing,” Munro told the audience, which included students from Bournemouth University and Highbury College, Portsmouth as well as Southampton Solent University.

As well as executives from the UK’s three main news providers, Southampton Solent also hosted working professionals from around the region – including Robin Britton, ITV Meridian’s Head of News; Jason Horton, Head of BBC Regional and Local Programmes BBC South; Kimberley Barber from Portsmouth News and Tara Russell from Southern Daily Echo – who all took part in a two-hour networking session with students.


Students were quick to show their appreciation. “Thoroughly enjoyed my day today. Feeling super motivated for uni and getting work experience!” wrote Southampton Solent Multimedia journalism student Charlotte Beattie on twitter.

And Lily Symes from the Highbury NCTJ course said: “Had a great afternoon at the RTS event in Southampton today. A brilliant initiative for budding young journalists like myself!

Following the event Tom Cotterill Chief Reporter of the Littlehampton Gazette tweeted: “Just heading home after a cracking afternoon helping aspiring journalists in Southampton for the Solent RTS event. Some promising future journos!”


Gordon Cooper, Chair of the Royal Television Society Southern Centre said: “It was a fantastic event and we are so grateful to both the professionals and students for their support. We are already thinking about next year’s event!”

Sentiments that were echoed by Alan Geere, Head of News Journalism at Solent, who said: “We are so proud to host such a top quality event with high profile guests not only giving up their time, but also putting so much effort into encouraging student journalists.”