London visit for JMU Journalism students

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JMU Journalism’s Class of 2018 visiting the Guardian headquarters in London. Pic © JMU Journalism

JMU Journalism visited London this weekend as students of broadcast and text attended trips to either The Guardian and Observer headquarters or ITN.

The overnight visit gave the third years an insight into the industry, alongside some priceless advice from professionals, including presenter Chris Choi and Guardian Teacher Network Editor, Ruth Stokes.

The afternoon gave the aspiring journalists the opportunity to fire questions at industry experts, as well as learning what it takes to ‘make it to the big time’.

Student Danny Moxon said: “It was very beneficial to go along to a national newsroom and learn from successful professionals in the industry.

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“The experience has given me some invaluable insights into the life of the professional journalist, and will definitely help me in my future career.”

Broadcast students headed behind the scenes of ITV News, where they were introduced to newsreader Ranvir Singh, as the group even got the chance to sit in on the News at 10’s prep meeting.

News presenter Ranvir Singh greets JMU Journalism students at ITN headquarters in London. Pic © JMU Journalism

Jess Grieveson-Smith said: “For me, the highlight of the day was sitting in front of the News at 10 green screen. It left me determined to reach my career goal.

“After speaking with some of the journalists that worked there, I now know what direction I want to head in when I graduate.”

All this was followed by a tour of the sound and vision mixing side of the business at ITN, before the parties met up at the hotel again to enjoy the sights and sounds of the capital city.

Tower Bridge, Westminster, Buckingham Palace and Camden Town were amongst the sites visited, with the third years returning to Liverpool on Saturday having had an experience to remember.

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