Journalism students visit capital to learn from industry experts

Teesside University journalism students had the chance to learn from industry experts when they visited the headquarters of Sky Sports and Bloomberg in London.

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Paul Bailey with Teesside University journalism students

Paul Bailey with Teesside University journalism students

Students on the Journalism and Sports Journalism courses in the School of Computing, Media & the Arts had the opportunity to discuss what Sky Sports and Sky News look for in a journalism graduate and what is needed to stand out from the crowd when they met Laurie Tucker of the Sky Journalism Training Team.

Sky Sports News Presenters Tom White and Dharmesh Sheth were also on hand to talk about their career pathway and how work experience and patience was key to them securing jobs at Sky Sports.

Students also learnt how Sky News operates and how it dealt with some of the biggest stories of 2018.

The chance to visit Bloomberg, was also part of the two-day trip with students having the opportunity to hear from Seb Salek on his career as a TV presenter following on from his degree studying Law.

Bloomberg delivers business and markets news, data, analysis and video to the world, featuring stories from Businessweek and Bloomberg News.

Students also had the chance to hear about business journalism from Zimri Smith, part of Bloomberg’s News Training Team. And London Bureau Chief Neil Callanan spoke to them about what is needed to succeed in the industry and how, without putting yourself forward, opportunities will slip by.

Paul Bailey, Senior Lecturer in Journalism, said: 'This was an excellent opportunity for students to find out what it takes to get a job at two of the most prestigious media businesses in the UK.

'They gained a valuable insight into how Sky Sports and Sky News work and also how Bloomberg develops financial and business news.

'It certainly made the students think about their career opportunities and what is possible.'

Third year student Helen Cartwright, who is studying BA(Hons) Journalism, said: 'I really enjoyed the trip to London. I think it was very insightful to go to Bloomberg and Sky Sports and Sky News.

'It helped inform us about the industry and allowed us to talk to professionals about their experience in journalism and how we can start our own careers.'

11 January 2019