New semester starts at JMU Journalism

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The new £37m Redmonds Building

There has never been a more exciting time to be preparing for a new semester at JMU Journalism, and induction week is finally here.

Our outstanding modern facilities are in place at the new £37.6million LJMU Redmonds Building in Clarence Street, and while there are bound to be some nerves for the freshers, their university journey is starting in the ideal location. Class of 2011 graduate Jonathan Birchall has some excellent advice for new starters in his blog.

Starbucks café officially opened on the ground floor of Redmonds Building on Friday with a charity benefit in memory of Eddie Fitzpatrick, who sadly died over the summer. JMU Journalism veterans from the Edge Lane era will fondly remember Eddie as the cheerful face behind the student coffee bar counter, and the proceeds from the Starbucks opening will be donated to the Macmillan Nurses cancer charity.

Across Redmonds, newsrooms and lecture theatres are ready to welcome the new recruits and returning students, with the induction week schedule listed below, plus some very important information for all final year (Level 6) students about a packed Advanced Journalism Practice programme in the first week of teaching.

Head of JMU Journalism, Professor Chris Frost, said: “As with any new building, there will inevitably be some occasional confusion early on, so my advice to all students is to plan on arriving a bit early for your first sessions.

Journalism lecturers Glyn Môn Hughes, Kate Heathman, Hazel Barrett and Jackie Newton

“We are lucky in the sense that all of our undergraduate or MA classes, workshops and lectures will either be on the ground floor or basement of the Redmonds Building, so it shouldn’t be too difficult to find your way round. However, everyone should note that Friday’s induction activities for all students will be held in the LJMU John Foster Building, which is just around the corner on Mount Pleasant.

“All of the Journalism staff members are really looking forward to meeting our new students, and reacquainting ourselves with some familiar faces.”

INDUCTION WEEK TIMETABLE

(Subject to change, full list also available on Blackboard Community site)

Wednesday September 12th

1000 – 1300: New starters induction: Level four Journalism/International Journalism, International News MA, International Journalism MA; Redmonds Building Room RB/LG025 (basement).

(Break at 1300)

1400 – 1700: New starters programme briefings, tours and activities: Level four Journalism/International Journalism; Redmonds Building Rooms RB/LG024 (basement).

1400 – 1700: New starters programme briefings, tours and activities: International News MA, International Journalism MA; John Foster Building Room JF150, Mount Pleasant.

Thursday September 13th

1000 – 1700: New starters induction information, workshops and activities. Begins in Redmonds Building RB/LG024, before staff direct students to various newsrooms in Redmonds. Break at 1300.

Friday September 14th

All starters

1000 – 1300: Level 4 students: induction briefings; LJMU John Foster Building Room JF229, Mount Pleasant.

1000 – 1300: MA students: induction briefings; LJMU John Foster Building Room JF150, Mount Pleasant.

(Break at 1300)

1400 – 1700: Level 4 & MA students: induction briefings; LJMU John Foster Building Room JFG01, Mount Pleasant.

Returning students

1000 – 1200: Level 5 Journalism: LJMU John Foster Building Chapel/Moot Room, Mount Pleasant.

1030 – 1230: Level 5 International Journalism; LJMU John Foster Building Chapel/Moot Room, Mount Pleasant.

1300 – 1500: Level 6 Journalism; LJMU John Foster Building Room JF229, Mount Pleasant.

1330 – 1530: Level 6 International Journalism; LJMU John Foster Building Room JF229, Mount Pleasant.

WEEK ONE SPECIAL ADVANCED JOURNALISM PRACTICE TIMETABLE

* Level 6 students only – all other final year L6 classes will be as scheduled in the timetable on Blackboard *

Monday September 17th

0945 – 1400: Advanced Journalism Practice full introduction and workshop groups confirmed – ALL Level 6 students MUST attend this vital session; John Foster Building Room JF111A, Mount Pleasant. Break at 1230.

1430 – 1630: Website software (WordPress) training (Group A); Redmonds Building RB028

Tuesday September 18th

0900 – 1100: Website software (WordPress) training (Group B); Redmonds Building RB028

0900 – 1100: Website software (WordPress) training (Group D); Redmonds Building RB/LG021 (basement)

1100 onwards: Group D broadcast workshop – TV students only; Redmonds Building RB/LG021 (basement)

1300: JMU Journalism website job applications deadline (email submission with interview schedule confirmed upon response)

1300 – 1500: Website software (WordPress) training (Group C); Redmonds Building RB028

Thursday September 20th

0900 onwards: JMU Journalism website job interviews; Redmonds Building, room number and schedule to be confirmed by email.

Friday September 21st

1500: JMU Journalism website roles will be announced; Redmonds Building RB/LG021 (basement)

* Important – all other Level 6 Week One classes will be as scheduled in the timetable on Blackboard *