Future Journalists Go Behind the Scenes
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By Chris Forshaw and Beth Guest (Future Journalists Elective students)

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Places on the heavily oversubscribed Journalism degree courses at the University of Salford are like gold dust!

But, one lucky group of students studying journalism at SJR managed to get a behind the scenes look at the incredible operation right in the heart of Salford’s MediaCityUK campus. Caroline Cheetham, a former student of SJR and now a successful journalist who lectures at the University of Salford, gave them an exclusive journalism tour.

From the outset, it was clear that the university takes it journalism courses very seriously; the foyer was packed with high tech equipment and the hustle and bustle of students and staff taking advantage of the location.

As the students made their way up to the radio station to find only a locked door, which no pass would open, the ‘special’ button came to the rescue. The radio stations that are often used by students as well as the BBC and ITV are fully equipped with professional software and hardware.

The SJR visitors met a group of students who were in the middle of creating their Freeview 7/11 TV show ‘Love It, Book It’. University of Salford student Ellie explained that the opportunity of Quays TV ‘massively helped’ with experience and exposure, while another said his role of director in ‘Love It, Book It’ would help his future career because his name was on the credits. Oh, and he got paid too.

Caroline also took the SJR students to the B gallery which is one of the two studios within the university. The studio was set up with cameras and a TV ready for a live session. The Quay Sessions are filmed in these studios regularly, covering fashion, university news and live performances from university bands.   

An interesting bit of advice that intrigued the SJR students was the Summer School that the university offers. This Summer School appealed to them as not only is it free but it is also a taster of ‘uni life’ and a chance to experience the heart of it all, MediaCityUK!