A group of journalism students have started work at a newly-launched local TV station as part of their third-year studies.
The 18 budding journalists from Nottingham Trent University have begun placements at Notts TV which will continue for the whole of their final year.
Working alongside the station’s team of professional video journalists, the students’ toles include researching, filming and editing material for the three news bulletins and one magazine programme broadcast on Notts TV every evening.
In addition, the students have been tasked with the development of a bespoke Notts TV News website which is anticipated will go live on the Notts TV website in January.
On their first day, a report produced by Broadcast Journalism course students Emma Hubbard and Gabrielle Keepfer was chosen as one of the news items.
Said 21-year-old Emma: “Working with Notts TV so far has already been both exciting and rewarding. I believe in the future this will set me apart in the industry and give me some valuable experience that you couldn’t get in a classroom environment, so I’m very honoured to be a part of it.”
Added Gabrielle: “I am thrilled to be working with Notts TV this year. It’s such a unique and exciting opportunity and to have our work broadcast on our first day gave us a fantastic feeling of achievement.”
Notts TV news editor, Chris Breese, said: “The students have already made a real contribution to our programmes in the first few days of their attachments. They are proving a valuable addition to the Notts TV news team.”
Working on a rota of five full-time days a fortnight, the students are fully integrated into the station’s newsroom.
Deborah Kelly from NTU, who is overseeing the project said: “We hope this innovative module will greatly increase the employability of our students and encourage similar co-operations between industry and education.”