Graduate returns for the ëNewsbeat’ challenge

Broadcast journalism students are again being given the chance to work at BBC Radio 1 this Easter. The Department is one of just three in the country to be offered placements by ‘Newsbeat’. 

For the last few years students on the Postgraduate Diploma in Broadcast Journalism and the third year radio route of BA (Hons) Journalism have heard a presentation about creating powerful news radio for a young audience.  Theyíre also given a challenge ñ to put together a minute long report relevant to the ëNewsbeatí audience. 

This yearís offer came from Kevin Silverton, the programmeís deputy editor: ìItís a brilliant opportunity to be part of a national news operation that reaches millions of young people each week. Last year a student had such a successful time sheís still here.î 

Keen to return

Kevin needed little persuading to make the trip from London.  ìI did the postgrad course in 92-3 and was keen to come back to Preston.  It’s great to see how the Department has progressed since I left all those years agoî. 

Kevin said he was particularly impressed with the purpose Kevin speaks to studentsbuilt facilities in GreenbankBuilding: ìWe were based on the other side of the campus using tapes and razors.  Itís inspiring to see such an impressive array of studios and equipment ñ and not an editing razor in sight!î 

Kevin spoke in detail about Radio 1ís audience, showing the results of new research about the sort of stories and issues which interest the stationís target audience of 15-35 year olds:  ìA large proportion of our audience see, hear or read no news ñ other than what theyíre getting on either the lunchtime or evening editions of ëNewsbeatí.  Itís crucial that we get it right.î  Kevin also played a montage of the best of the programmeís recent broadcasts. 

Preston graduates

Three of the current reporters are Preston graduates: Heather Alexander, Judy Hobson in Manchester and Steve Blears in Leeds.  Kevin Silverton himself trained at Preston with Polly Billington, another BBC ìstarî ñ former political reporter for ëNewsbeatí, now a television reporter for BBC News 24. 

Up to four Preston students could be visiting ëNewsbeatí for a two week placement.  Everyone who takes up the challenge will be given feedback on their voice, writing and general journalism.  Entries are due in by the end of February.

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