50 students from across KS3, KS4 and KS5 were invited to attend and find out more about entering this competition. This was launched with some current final year undergraduate students Harry Bamforth and Nathan Edwards who are studying Journalism at Staffordshire University. Students found out about making an entry with writing words or creating a video/audio clip of their choice with a deadline of the 3rd March 2023. To support them in making an application and to explore careers in this sector, Mrs Poppleton Director of Careers, Mrs Cain Assistant Head and Mrs Cowley Head of English, arranged for some expert guests to run some short careers workshops including:
• Marketing, Media and PR
• Photography and Videography
• Editing and Radio presenting
We were joined by expert guests: Ed Nell a BBC Radio Presenter, Russell Youll a group Sports Editor with the Midlands News Association, Nigel Howle a Journalism Lecturer from Staffs Uni and owner of Howle Communications (which specialises in PR and Media) and Stuart James owner and Director for Emotive Eye specialising in Corporate Photography and Videography.
Mrs Poppleton commented ‘’The opportunity which our students have been given today and the time which our external guests have given us has been invaluable to our students. All students took something away with them and they were really inspired, informed and aware about the labour market and the wide level of opportunities for jobs in these sectors. I wish any students who apply for this competition every success!’’
Ed Nell commented –“It was good to educate the students upon journalism as a profession and widen their knowledge of our field. The students at Chase Terrace Academy were eager to participate in the group activities and contributed to the discussions we had about different areas of Journalism. We made sure that the groups were rotated so the students could get exposure to different types of careers.”