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Students visiting the Guardian offices in London. Pic © JMU Journalism

JMU Journalism students embarked on a journey to London this weekend to visit the headquarters of the Guardian and ITN.

Staying overnight in the capital, the students had a chance to experience what it would be like to live and work in the capital, while getting tips from industry professionals.

Third year broadcast students went to ITN, while print journalism went to the Guardian where they had a chance to speak with journalist Damien Gayle.

Student Paige Freshwater said: “The experience was invaluable. It was interesting to learn about the history of the Guardian and receiving advice from a working journalist.

“Spending time in a professional environment gave us a chance to see what our careers could be like in the future.”

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Broadcast students had the opportunity to speak with presenter and journalist Ranvir Singh at ITN.

Cara Hunter said: “It was really eye-opening to see how a real newsroom functions. Everyone was very friendly and helpful on giving us tips on how to enter the industry, but what was most memorable was finding out the studio was all green screen.”

Alistair Baker, Kallem Morris and Danyaal Yasin en route to London. Pic © JMU Journalism

As well as the guided tours, students had a chance to bond in the big city, exploring all the sights that London had to offer.

A lucky few also had the opportunity to mingle with an A-lister, running into Oscar-nominated actor, Andrew Garfield.

Student Rosie Steedman said: “It was so surreal bumping into Andrew Garfield. I’ve been to London loads of times and never seen anyone, but this time we casually saw one of the biggest actors in the world.

“We didn’t get a chance to properly speak or take photos because he was in a rush, but it was still amazing to see such a big name so randomly. He looked straight out of a magazine, so stylish.”