Year 2 students on the BA Multi-Platform Journalism degree based at East Coast Media, Grimsby Institute have been working in the newsroom of the Grimsby Telegraph since September. As part of the Multi-Platform Newsroom module, which runs for the year, the 7 students have been going into the Telegraph for one day a week.
They each have a patch to cover and also work on diary stories. This semester they will be producing online content – video and podcasts as well as written copy.I oversee them in the newsroom and they get on the job training, alongside sound advice and support from the editorial team.
This year the students have covered a variety of events from dance to Comic Relief and will be covering local events celebrating the Royal Wedding on April 29th (s0 no day off for them!).
Niall McGlone likes the hands-on experience and is especially enjoying the day at the local newspaper, the Grimsby Telegraph.
The BA Multi-Platform Journalism degree was written in light of the National Council for the Training of Journalists report about what industry expected from graduates. East Coast Media has always worked closely with industry. Most of our graduates populate the BBC Hull newsroom as well as Sky and other regionals.
This is exciting for the students as it gives them practical, hands on experience. There are only a few multi-platform degrees out there and we are probably the only one offering this unique experience. Plus we also own a TV station, Seven, broadcasting on VirginMedia 879. Students also work on TV programmes for broadcast here. This is just phenomenal for any undergraduate and puts them leaps ahead.
ECM is also a Skillset Media Academy – one of only four in the north of England.