Students on UEA’s journalism courses have enjoyed considerable success both in and outside of campus, with several pieces of their work being published by local media in recent weeks.
Having work published or broadcast by external media is a huge triumph for any university journalism student and the COVID-19 pandemic has changed how journalism can be practised, meaning students have had to adapt how they go about researching and conducting their work, making their achievements all the more impressive.
India Gilmore completed the MA Broadcast and Digital Journalism course at UEA earlier this year. Her final project piece on the potential dangers of concussion in women’s rugby was awarded a distinction and broadcast by BBC Radio Norfolk on Monday 16 November. The documentary can be listened to on the journalism department website.
Jack McLean and Phoebe Lucas, both first year BA Broadcast and Multimedia Journalism students, have had their work published by the Eastern Daily Press in recent weeks. Phoebe’s article about UEA’s introduction of free sports equipment for students can be read online, as can Jack’s article about the dilemma faced by students this year around returning home.
Alice Pritchard, also in her first year, has had her excellent COVID isolation video diary featured on BBC Look East and by BBC Online. Meanwhile Paris Maben- Hume, a first year journalism student, appeared in an ITV Anglia report about what it’s like being a student during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Clare Precey, a lecturer in Broadcast Journalism and Politics at UEA, said: “It’s fantastic that UEA Journalism students are getting their work published and broadcast by mainstream news outlets so soon after starting at UEA. This is the first step on their journalistic careers and provides them with a great starting point from which to grow.
“On our journalism courses employability is at the heart of everything we do, so it’s really encouraging to see so many students getting their work published and broadcast on local media, and very impressive that some have done this in the first few weeks of their course.”
By UEA Communications