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The multimedia newsroom at the University of Sunderland is inviting members of the community to experience life as a journalist

Posted by Hannah Oakman | March 30, 2016 | Technology

The mediaHUB, at The David Puttnam Media Centre, offers opportunities for people to gain hands-on experience in media production, multimedia journalism and radio broadcasting, while contributing to its platforms covering arts and culture, sport, fashion, and entertainment, including working on Spark FM the University’s student-run community radio station.

Some of the biggest names in journalism have set foot on campus to work with students and members of the public. High-profile figures such as ITV’s Alastair Stewart, British Political Journalist Kevin Maguire, and regular contributor to Glamour and Elle magazines Julie McCaffrey, have held Masterclasses to give an insight into their illustrious careers and share top tips with the journalists of tomorrow.

“The mediaHUB has lots of partnerships with outside establishments for work experience,” says mediaHUB Newsroom Manager India Adams. “We have a wide range of people from different backgrounds coming in. Some of the work experience is organised through colleges and we have a huge amount of students coming to the University from high schools across Tyne and Wear, so we have people as young as 14 and 15. We also have people who are interested in coming in personally and graduates from other universities in the region.”

One person who has benefited from working in the digital publishing and broadcasting space is Eamon Richards (below). Eamon came to the University from the Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service where he is currently completing The Prince’s Trust 12-week Team programme for 16 to 25-year-olds, which enables young people to gain a nationally recognised qualification while working in the community to develop their confidence, leadership and teamwork skills.

He said: “My time there was very rewarding and I’ve gained more skills and confidence in things like writing articles and seeing exactly what happens behind the scenes of news and radio. I thoroughly enjoyed myself and everyone was extremely friendly.”

In addition to contributing to the social platforms aspiring journalists work with the latest industry-standard facilities, including Apple Macs and design and video-editing software such as Photoshop, InDesign, Final Cut Pro and Newscutter to create engaging content.

If you’re interested in collaborating with the mediaHUB and taking on live projects, contact mediahub@sunderland.ac.uk.

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