Behind the scenes at Sky TV

12 03 2012

MA in Multimedia Journalism students visit to Sky TV

Ever wanted to present a TV programme? A dozen of our students were able to do just that when the Broadcast Journalism course visited the Sky News studios.

The students experienced what it was like to sit in the presenter’s chair, stick the earpiece on and stare into the camera. They were in good hands. Their guide for the day was a man who certainly knows what he is talking about, Sky presenter Mark Longhurst, who just happens to be one of the course tutors as well.

The students discovered how a rolling news programme works from the ingest desk (that’s the stories and pictures coming in) to the pivotal role of the floor manager, from the editing suite where the film reports are knocked into shape to the director calling the shots in the gallery.

If you think presenting the weather might be a bit of a walk in the park, our students would tell you to think again. They had to point at a blank green-screen, keep one eye on the auto-cue, the other on a weather map, appear relaxed and look as if they knew what they were talking about. And smile.

“Quite simply, it was the best day of my life so far” – said Charlotte Complan who was knocked out by her Sky experience. “It was the perfect background to the course and convinced me that TV is where I want to be.” And, by

the way, the sandwiches in the Sky deli are to die for.  The students are all on the MA Multimedia Journalism course – a partnership between Brighton Journalist Works and Sussex University.


Work experience pays

5 03 2012

Work experience is being hotly debated in the press.  Is it exploitative, socially divisive and unfair?  Should it be compulsory, optional or paid?  At Brighton Journalist Works we think it’s vital to get a job in journalism.  So much so, we organise it for our students at the end of their NCTJ course.  They get to go to Esquire, Time Out, The Argus and a range of other publications.  And it leads to jobs.

Nicola Fairhurst graduated from Brighton Journalist Works last year and is now a sub for the Kent Messenger Group.

“I came into journalism having worked in a number of different industries from travel to horseracing. The one thing I had learnt from my previous experience is to make the most of every opportunity you are offered, so I didn’t hesitate to press the KM Group for some work experience when I heard there may be a subbing opening in their Whitstable hub.


“Three days of unpaid work experience is not long to prove yourself, but I threw myself into the long days of subbing with enthusiasm. The  advantage of work experience is that you not only get a taste for the job itself, but get to meet the people you may be working with in the future and can see how you will fit in with the company.


“I was also fortunate to spend time at Esquire and The Grocer and it was interesting to compare the different working environments as well as the type of work you would be doing in a full-time position with the company, and the dream job you were aspiring to may not be the right fit.


“Yes you are not being paid, and may find yourself out of pocket, but I ultimately landed a job and have been working as a production journalist at the KM Group since I graduated from Journalist Works last summer.”

A very social media course

1 03 2012

Facebook is the third highest referer to The Argus website – that’s why trainee journalists learn all about social media in lectures at Brighton Journalist Works, writes Emily Hoquee.

Sarah Booker-Lewis, web editor at The Argus spoke to students about community, interactivity and social media.   She described how she has seen the internet change journalism over the last fifteen years and explained that it was vital readers are engaged and involved with content through new tools such as polls, forums and live blogs.

Facebook and Twitter have both grown fast and journalists can use these sites to promote their content and reach readers on an unprecedented scale. Flickr, Storify, Tumblr and Bambuser have also stepped onto the market and present a new ways for journalists to interact with readers through photos, video and blogging.

Sarah also stressed that Facebook and Twitter are not just great for connecting with readers, but can be useful for networking with other professionals who have similar interests. Image