Third year newspaper journalism student Clayton Short joined ranks with Press Association reporter and UCLan alumnus David Mercer before the reporter jetted off to Monte Carlo - for a date with Robert De Niro.
David was sent to the glamorous resort by PA to cover the opening of a new Japanese restaurant owned by the Hollywood legend.
David joined the national news agency following a stint at the Wigan Evening Post after completing a postgraduate diploma in newspaper journalism at UCLan in 2009.
Clayton shadowed the PA man on an inquest during a work placement at the news provider's main office in London shortly before he made the trip. Final year journalism student placements which last a month are a compulsory part of the course.
Clayton said: "It's a fantastic opportunity to be able to work at such a prestigious news agency. To be able to work alongside experienced journalists covering big stories is a real privilege.
"It's great that the School has extensive industry links media outlets in all areas. Working with a former UCLan student like David was a bonus too. It's just a shame I wasn't able to shadow him to Monte Carlo."
Although Clayton didn’t make Monte Carlo he was a member of the Kenya New Voices student team which reported from Nairobi last year (pictured). The scheme was part of an increasing number of international projects specifically funded by the UCLan for the School of Journalism, Media and Performance.
“Clayton, like David, has shown he’s a talented young reporter who knows what makes a story and how to get it across, whether it’s print, online or broadcast. He’s brimming with ideas and has a “can do” approach to everything,” said senior lecturer in journalism Delwyn Swingewood.