By Anais Brady (Future Journalists Elective Programme student)
It’s not the norm for the top brass to give personal tours of a university campus but this is what happened when a group of students on the Future Journalists Elective Programme at SJR visited the University of Salford’s Journalism department.
Director of Journalism, Paul Broster showed the students round Salford’s state-of-the-art Media CityUK campus and gave them an opportunity of a lifetime.
The open plan department sits over three floors, the fourth being used by ITV, which broadcasts its daily news bulletins from there.
First impressions of the campus are of the range of different facilities available to students, who have the freedom to work and socialise across the building.
But it’s the professional equipment and newsrooms that really impress. Paul Broster said: “Facilities are available to students on a range of courses including TV, Journalism, Broadcasting and Drama and at the university we’re extremely proud of our professional facilities.”
The SJR Journalism students were shown the large, fully equipped newsroom which is used to hold regular news days. Paul explained: “Students have to go out and find their own news stories which will then go onto the university website or onto Quays TV.”
Quays TV is a weekly news programme, broadcasting live from MediaCityUK every Tuesday at 1.30pm, covering all the latest news, views and reviews from Salford and Manchester. Students work on this to learn different aspects about journalism, including scripting, filming, presenting and editing which are all a necessity in being successful in the media.
Future Journalist Elena Lewis, who experienced the tour said, “The University was really modern and interesting; it has definitely made me more excited for my future at university and my career.”