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Journalism celebrates landmark event

17 April 2013

Rachel Atkinson

Host of successful alumni are heading back to UCLan for a one-day special occasion

Famous names from the world of news and the creative industries are heading back to Preston to celebrate a landmark event for the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan).

The distinguished alumni are returning to the institution to toast 50 years of journalism teaching at the city centre campus.

They will join current undergraduate and postgraduate students, as well as academics, at the one day My Career: Your Career special event on 23 April.

As well as celebrating the anniversary, the event is also designed to spotlight the innovative teaching and research offered by the School of Journalism and Digital Communication. Students in the school study a wide range of programmes allied to journalism and the creative industries, including TV, documentary and media production and web and multimedia technology.

One-to-one and group sessions will take place in the Media Innovation Studio between the alumni and current students and some alumni will present short lectures discussing how they forged their career in journalism and associated creative industries. Alumni returning come not only from the journalism division but also from the divisions of film and media practice and web and multimedia technology.

“We’re proud of our proven track-record in providing our graduates with the necessary skills to enter the heavily competitive creative industries and our name is globally recognised as a centre for excellence in journalism and digital communication.”

Deborah Robinson, Course Leader in BA(Hons) Journalism and who has organised the event with colleagues from the School, said: “We are delighted to have a range of successful alumni coming back to commemorate this fantastic occasion with us.

“It’s an honour to be celebrating 50 years of journalism at UCLan and also the fantastic teaching and research within the School as a whole. We’re proud of our proven track-record in providing our graduates with the necessary skills to enter the heavily competitive creative industries and our name is globally recognised as a centre for excellence in journalism and digital communication.”

Among the alumni heading back to UCLan are: 

  • UCLan Honorary Fellow Richard Frediani, Editor of the 6.30pm ITV News
  • Tessa Chapman, Chief Correspondent at Channel 5 News
  • Eamonn O’Neal, Managing Editor of M.E.N Media
  • Neil Dunwoodie, Sky News Executive Producer
  • Sarah Collins, Sports Editor at BBC Radio Manchester
  • Jonathan Blake, Reporter and Presenter on BBC Radio 1 Newsbeat
  • Kris Jepson, Producer on Channel 4 News
  • Tom Stables, Co-owner of 3ManFactory
  • Tom Billington, Assistant Producer on BBC Radio 2
  • Anthony Baxter, Reporter and Presenter on BBC 1 Newsbeat
  • Dom Smith, Founder and Editor of Soundsphere Magazine
  • Elliot Hope, Professional Screenwriter

Students will be pitching their story ideas or media projects to the experts with the chance of winning an exclusive work shadowing position at ITV, Sky TV and Channel 5. The day will also provide current students with employability activities and workshops on freelancing, volunteering and improving their CV.

For more information contact Deborah Robinson at drobinson3@uclan.ac.uk.