JOURNALISM students at York St John University today began their first newsday, based in their new state-of-the-art digital newsroom. Eighteen reporters, producers and editors launched their new radio and online platform, The Yorkie, which focuses on news, sport and culture.
Among the stories covered were the Westminster sex scandal, the burial of Moors Murderer Ian Brady at sea and the impromptu disappearance of President Trump’s Twitter account for 11 minutes on Thursday night.
Journalism subject director Jenny Kean said: “Newsdays are really important for our students because they give them real-life industry experience and the buzz of a real newsroom.
“We are really proud of how the students have picked up the challenge and run with it.” The journalism programme at York St John is now in its second year and the university has invested substantial resources in building a new newsroom and professional-standard facilities over the summer.
Second year journalism student, Lara Nath, who was acting news editor for the first newsday said that although she was new to the fast-paced environment, things were going to plan. “The biggest challenge was being on the ball with it all and following what everyone was doing, which is hard when everyone has different stories.
“It’s fast-paced, which is good, and it’s going way better than I had thought it would,” she said.
The students are due to have 15 radio, online and television newsdays throughout the 2017/18 academic years, in line with the requirements of the Broadcast Journalism Training Council.