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Media industry specialists share expertise with students

29 April 2015

Sarah Jones

UCLan hosts annual Careers in Journalism and Media event  

Industry specialists from the world of TV, Radio and Film have gathered at the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) for the third year of the Careers in Journalism and Media event, cJAM.

Over 100 students from across the school gathered to meet guests from the likes of Sky News, ITV Granada, BBC Radio Lancashire and beyond.

Students had the unique opportunity in the morning to listen to; Trinity Mirror’s Ed Walker, Media Producer Josh Marshall, Broadcast Assistant at BBC Radio Leicester Rob Watson, Sky News Dave Betts, BBC Radio 1’s Debbie Ramsay, Nine Lives Media Cat Lewis, BBC North West Tonight’s Abbie Jones and Shine North’s Alex Connock.

Over 100 students from across the school gathered to meet guests from the likes of Sky News, ITV Granada, BBC Radio Lancashire and beyond.

Richard Frediani chats to current students

They talked at length about what their organisations do, their personal experiences and how they managed to achieve the break they needed to get into the industry. Alongside this, UCLan’s Paul Egglestone showed his new drone technology to the packed crowd.

While many of the superb industry professionals took to the stage, cJAM also caught up with alumni Slavka Atanasova via Skype, who is now working out in Dubai for Oil and Gas Middle East Magazine.

It was also a moment to savour for current UCLan third year students Michelle Hennessy, Mane Grigoryan and Anastasia Bates. All of which are currently out working in a professional environment before graduation, as they took to the stage to give their fellow students some key advice on breaking in and how they did it.

Inspirational UCLan third year International Journalism student Mohammed Salim Patel, who writes under the name “The Blind Journalist”, also spoke to the crowd while playing his radio documentary An Insight into Retinitis Pigmentosa to those in attendance.

Alongside gaining key insight from industry guests, a CV Central was set up by UCLan’s very own careers team. Here, students were able to get advice on their CV and enter the competition for the best CV, with a £50 prize up for grabs.

After a networking lunch, the pitching stations were well underway as students nervously waited to speak to our professional guests, looking to impress and achieve a work placement at their respective organisations.

"Many of our guests are UCLan graduates and it was wonderful for our current students to see what they have achieved and how far it’s possible to go in the creative industries if they work and study hard."

cJAM Industry Experts

As the day drew to a close, it was Senior Lecturer and cJAM coordinator Deborah Robinson who confirmed which students had been successful in achieving work placements. Overall, it was announced that over 50 students had won placements and shadowing/mentoring opportunities with our guests. Something which will no doubt provide invaluable experience for them and their CV’s in a tough job market.

Deborah said: “We had a fantastic day. It’s not often that a student can get careers advice or pitch a story to the Deputy Editor of Radio1 and 1Xtra, the Editor of the ITV 6.30pm news, the Executive Producer of Nine Lives Media or the ITV Granada Reports presenter Tony Morris at a single event.

“That is what makes cJAM so exciting for the students. Many of our guests are UCLan graduates and it was wonderful for our current students to see what they have achieved and how far it’s possible to go in the creative industries if they work and study hard. It was truly inspirational to hear our guests’ stories.”

View more photos on UCLan's Flickr gallery here.