Hartlepool students’ journalism insight at University of Sunderland’s mediaHUB

MAKING THE HEADLINES: Media students Nathan Raine and Aiden Kelly on work placement at the University of Sunderland's mediaHUB
MAKING THE HEADLINES: Media students Nathan Raine and Aiden Kelly on work placement at the University of Sunderland's mediaHUB

TWO budding journalists had their chance to shine at a university media centre.

Nathan Raine and Aidan Kelly, who are media students at Hartlepool Sixth From College, off Blakelock Road, in Hartlepool, took part in a work placement at the University of Sundeland’s mediaHUB.

The mediaHUB offers North East students a unique workplace experience designed to provide a professional insight into TV, radio, magazine, newspaper and digital journalism.

Participants undertake a five-day, 9am to 5pm working week reflecting a typical industry role and tackle a diverse range of tasks and responsibilities.

Work placements take place in the purpose built, state of the art mediaHUB – a multimedia production and journalism professional workspace based on the top floor of the £12m David Puttnam Media Centre.

The students shadowed journalists reporting for Sportsbyte and Fashion North as well as researching and writing their own stories to be published online, as well as broadcast on the radio.

Both students are keen to pursue a career in journalism and they jumped at the chance of getting hands on experience and building their portfolio of work.

Nathan said: “The whole experience was amazing. In particular we loved reporting on the sport fixtures and even got the chance to interview a British seventh seed tennis champion.

“We also hosted our own 
radio show on Spark FM. It has made me appreciate how hard you have to work in the media industry and has confirmed that this is the career for me.”

Head of media studies at Hartlepool Sixth Form College, Sally Pickford, was thrilled at the feedback about the students from the university.

She said: “The staff at the mediaHUB were extremely complimentary about our students and said that they both did a fantastic job and showed a high degree of professionalism.

“Opportunities like this thoroughly prepare our students for life in the workplace and gives them an invaluable insight into their chosen career path.”

Nathan and Aidan will be returning to the mediaHUB in the summer to further develop their multi-media journalism expertise.