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Journalism students inherit ‘iconic’ TV news studio

Journalism students are able to use Channel 4’s old news studio after their university inherited the set from the station.

The former Channel 4 set is being used by final year Journalism BA students at the University of Leeds for assessed newsdays, where students replicate a real-life newsroom environment to find, produce and present their own news stories.

The “iconic” purple and white set, which was used temporarily by Channel 4 before their permanent move to Leeds, was dismantled and taken to the university’s School of Media and Communication.

Channel 4’s North of England correspondent Clare Fallon, who studied broadcast journalism at Leeds, and studio manager Sam Parker joined the students this week to give feedback on their work.

Channel 4 studio

Layla Painter, programme lead for the Leeds BA journalism course, said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for our students to be producing and presenting their own news programmes on the same set that’s been used on national TV.

“They know they’re standing in the footsteps of famous Channel 4 news presenters.

“It’s just one example of how close links between news organisations and the University of Leeds can enrich the learning experience for our journalism students.”