Pupils learn media skills thanks to LJMU and the BBC

School and college pupils from across the region have gained an insight into the media and creative industries, thanks to LJMU and the BBC.

Dozens of young people visited the university to learn about a range of media skills, including podcasting and making films on a smartphone. They also took part in workshops to develop their critical thinking and help them identify fake news.

The ‘Inside News’ day is a partnership between LJMU Journalism and BBC Young Reporter and included:

  • An interactive workshop with BBC trainers
  • Workshops on podcasting, film making and how to write a complex story in one line
  • A media careers panel with a chance to ask journalists about working in the industry
  • Tours of LJMU’s newsrooms, TV studio and radio production facilities

Head of LJMU Journalism, Frances Yeoman, said: “It was wonderful to see so many young people from across Merseyside on campus, experiencing a taste of life as a student journalist.

“LJMU Journalism’s collaboration with the BBC has so far allowed hundreds of pupils to try out new skills and consider potential careers in the media and it was brilliant to see the talent and enthusiasm of the future reporters who came to this year’s event.”

Nassem Akhtar, Events Producer, BBC Young Reporter, said: "It was wonderful to be working in partnership with LJMU again. 

“I was really impressed seeing students share their ideas, getting fully engaged and involved in the workshops. As the sessions went on, it was great to see students come out of their shells and grow in confidence. 

“The workshop trainers have been full of praise for the team at LJMU, the organisation on the day and the facilities. I hope we can do this again next year!”

Comments from pupils in attendance included: "It's fascinating. I've just been on the TV, that was fun, seeing what it's like behind the scenes. It's interesting"

"It's been really informative. We've learned about different kinds of ways you can get drawn down this rabbithole of misinformation on the internet by Tik Tok and social media."

"It's been really fun today. We were taught how to film a video and how to make the sound and light good. It's all been really interesting to listen to.”


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