Grimsby Telegraph work experience update

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.

Year 2 BA Multi-Platform Journalism students, Becky, Sam, Tamsin, Richard. Niall and Kirsty




Industry Partnership – Grimsby Telegraph

As some of you may know Year 2 students on the BA Multi-Platform Journalism degree at East Coast Media have been spending a day and a half a week in the newsroom at the Grimsby Telegraph producing content for the web.

It’s been a steep learning curve, going from sitting in class practicing and learning theory to being thrown into a REAL newsroom and expecting to go out in the area and find stories. Some have achieved a lot, while others are taking their time. I’m meeting News Editor, Lucy Wood, next week to discuss what’s worked and what will be done differently this semester. I will post you the verdict!

I think one of the big things for many is confidence. There seems to be a lack of it, in their ability to be able to do things, such as pick up the phone and talk to people or go into a shop and start chatting to strangers about what’s happening. They need encouragement and praise. It’s about nurturing them and making them believe in themselves and their ability to do the work. I have every faith in them and know they are capable, they need to believe it and trust in me! I wouldn’t ask them to do it, if I didn’t think they were capable.

Look out next week for an interview with Lucy Wood and I’ll post an interview with my students too about their experience.