Journalism’s “fame academy” gets blogging
It’s good to see a whole raft of postgraduate journalism students at City University now with their own blogs.
City – or the “fame academy of journalism” as it was once described – is recognised as Britain’s leading school of journalism, a nudge ahead of Cardiff, Westminster and Leeds Trinity All Saints.
But when I was there just two years ago, there was just one student blogging: me. In fact the internet – although recognised as a valuable research tool – was somewhat sidelined in the curriculum.
Instead we focussed on getting the skills and the art of traditional TV and radio nailed.
But over the road at Westminster, almost every student was blogging, and under the tuition of David Dunkley-Gyimah producing TV and radio content online. Learning how to produce a single story three ways, not to mention the valuable art of Video Journalism.
Now I don’t think any students in my year suffered from that, but you couldn’t help but feel City might suddenly find itself out of date.
However, the numbers of student blogs of this years intake, including: Shona Ghosh, Ali Plumb, Beth Mellor (all of whom I’ve met in various places), Abigail Edge, Claire Dickinson, James Bray, Lara King, Tommy Stubbington…suggests the internet has moved up the agenda in EC1. And rightly so.
I’d be interested to know what any of the above, or any other current City hacks think about the courses online credentials: get in touch!