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HuffPost opens university centre to put journalism students on ‘global stage’

Jess BrammarA journalism training centre has unveiled a new partnership with a national news website which it says will place students on a “global stage.”

Birmingham City University has announced the launch of the HuffPost Centre for Journalism, which will be found within the institution’s School of Media.

The partnership will see HuffPost UK become involved with teaching – setting students “real-world challenges” in modules, leading tutorials focused on news, lifestyle, politics and entertainment and hosting talks in the department.

Students will also be given the opportunity to spend time with the editorial team with the offer of work experience placements in the newsroom.

Jess Brammar, pictured, executive editor of HuffPost UK, said: “We couldn’t be more thrilled to be partnering with Birmingham City University to welcome students to the HuffPost Centre for Journalism.

“We love what Birmingham City University is about – quality learning, that is focused on students and what they care about. It’s exciting to be working with such a diverse student body.

“At HuffPost, we talk a lot about how important it is to report the UK as people actually experience it and we can’t wait to help shape the next generation of journalists.”

The partnership follows on from HuffPost’s project ‘HuffPost Listens’, which saw the entire 45-strong newsroom relocate to Birmingham for one week last year.

Dr Sarah Jones, head of Birmingham City University’s School of Media, said: “The HuffPost Centre for Journalism is the first of its kind. It places our students on a global stage and allows us to work with HuffPost to do media differently.

“It will have huge opportunities for our students and allow the HuffPost to work closely with a new generation to understand how news is produced and consumed, telling stories across different platforms.

“The media landscape is changing and this exciting new partnership will allow us all to make a real difference in ensuring the future of journalism reflects the society we live in.”