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A group that supports student journalists around the UK is holding its Spring Conference and AGM in Lincoln this weekend.

The Student Press Association event, sponsored by the Financial Times student magazine Strapt for Cash, offers two days of networking for students involved in campus magazines, newspapers and online publications.

There will be a series of workshops with themes including investigative reporting, photography, design, web design, sales and marketing, reporting and editing. The workshops will be run by lecturers from the University of Lincolnshire and Humberside’s journalism and media courses as well as staff from Strapt for Cash.

Delegates will also be able to take part in one-to-one surgery sessions and get valuable careers advice.

The event is open to all students interested in journalism and costs £5 for students at SPA-member publications or £15.

“Any student who is interested in student journalism can come.

“You don’t have to be the editor of a student publication or even have a publication at your university.

“The conference has something for everyone and is a great chance to get new ideas and make some great new contacts. All you need is an enthusiasm for student journalism.”

Last year’s event saw more than 100 delegates in discussion with speakers from the NUJ, the Big Issue, Newsnight, Channelfly, Midnight in London and Training Direct International. There was a keynote address from John Bird, founder and editor in chief of the Big Issue and a screening of the new film Saving Grace.

The conference runs from Saturday and Sunday April 7 and 8 at the University of Lincolnshire and Humberside Students’ Union in Lincoln.

For more information e-mail chair@studentpress.org.uk or call 07960 582356. News will also be posted on its website.

  • The Student Press Association was launched at the Guardian Student Media conference in October 1999 because of the demand for a national organisation for people involved in the student press.

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