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Spotlight On: BA (Hons) Journalism – LCC Degree Shows 2019

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Written by
Jake May
Published date
23 May 2019

BA (Hons) Journalism is about exploring core practices from print to the newsroom, this course encourages students to gain skills and knowledge across a variety of platforms including print, online and broadcast journalism. Students are equipped with the skills to succeed in the rapidly evolving world of journalism. 

This year's exhibition as part of LCC Degree Shows 2019 will showcase work from final-year students on the courses.

Explore a handful of the projects on show...

Beatriz Vasques

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Why did you decide to study journalism, and why do you think journalism is important?

I've been interested in storytelling for as long as I can remember. As a kid, I spent my time creating characters, dimensions, writing stories for my parents and relatives, and even pretending to present the news! As I grew older, I realised how much I enjoyed communicating and writing about subjects that were very dear to me.

When the time to choose an academic path arose, pursuing a degree in journalism was a no-brainer for me. Journalism is the driving force of information. We are facing many divisions in the world at the moment and our craft is incredibly important to tackle misunderstandings, narrate the various sides and intricacies of stories on a plethora of subjects whilst always striving to be as fair and honest as possible with our storytelling.

What was the most important lesson and thing you’ll take-away from your time at LCC?

The most important lesson I have learned during my time at LCC is to always strive to be as genuine, hardworking and honest as possible. Whether it be with your peers, at home, your art, tutors or future employers — telling the truth is always the most important factor of a successful endeavour.

What is your preferred style of journalism (e.g. video, feature, news, data, radio), and what area do you hope to work in the future?

My preferred type of journalism is long-form feature writing, I think this style of journalism provides a broader insight into someone's writing style. It is also easier to really immerse into a story that is being narrated as it provides more detailed accounts on the social actors or subjects. I would really enjoy working for a queer publication in the future or in the culture sector!

What work will you be showing in LCC Degree Shows, and could you tell us a little about it?

I will be showing the work I have created for Artefact Magazine, our Year 3 student-led publication. During my time at Artefact, I got to craft and find stories on a quite varied range of subjects and angles, such as my piece on LGBTQ+ Catholics , or a dive into Britain's NHS Mental Health Services. I reckon my degree really provided me with the confidence and the tools to pursue stories on quite poignant and, at times, complex matters.

After all, one of the (many) roles of a journalist is to provide a deeper understanding of subjects that are at times misunderstood or not well explained. I feel like, throughout the process, I really did get to challenge myself as well as learn new things about me and where how I'd like to take my journalism further.

artefactmagazine.com/author/beatrizvasques | twitter.com/b_vasques1


Elle Burnett

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Why did you decide to study journalism, and why do you think journalism is important?

I decided to study journalism mostly because I was interested in the TV industry. But I also think journalists have an important role to play in society.

What was the most important lesson and thing you’ll take-away from your time at LCC?

Always hand in the night before a deadline, Moodle is unreliable! But mainly to have confidence in your work. If you have a passion for something, go for it, and believe in yourself! I now work at Sky Sports, a job I learnt with my own ability, but LCC tutors definitely helped me get there!

What is your preferred style of journalism (e.g. video, feature, news, data, radio), and what area do you hope to work in the future?

My preferred style of journalism is video and feature. I will definitely be working in this style in the future at Sky Sports.

What work will you be showing in LCC Degree Shows, and could you tell us a little about it?

I will be showing my article "It’s a Girls Game Too: F1 for Women". An article profiling W Series, the new female-only, single-seater motorsport championship with the aim to help and allow women to reach F1.


Isaine Blatry

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Why did you decide to study journalism, and why do you think journalism is important?

I fell in love with journalism at a very young age, and I knew I always wanted to tell stories as I have always been interested in people. At the age of 10, I created my first magazine about my family’s life. After I graduated high school I took a gap year and moved to the UK, in order to improve my English and choose what I wanted to study. Journalism was the natural choice.  Since then, my love and passion for the journalism has only been cemented, and I’ve decided to pursue a career as a reporter.

Journalism helps us in understanding the underlying functionality of the world we live in and what surrounds us. I believe, it is extremely important to tell stories and share voices; through photographs, sound, words, and video. Of course, there’s no perfect type of journalism, but if we set our heart and our mind in doing the ‘right thing’, discussing truths and revealing vital information on current affairs, this is what journalism is about to me, and why it is an important aspect of our society.

What was the most important lesson and thing you’ll take-away from your time at LCC?

Make use of your free time, when I joined LCC, I quickly understood that these three years would work great depending on how I would invest myself and my time inside and outside my course. I joined many societies, co-founded my own magazine, tried three different sports, but most importantly I met amazing people across different courses and campuses.

I used all the resources LCC offered, from the process of finding an internship to taking part in a debate to exclusive movie premieres. I always told myself and others it is a real chance to be there, make the most of it, meet people, explore new things, be curious and get as much work experience as you can. The tutors are always here to help us, never hesitate to ask them questions.

What is your preferred style of journalism (e.g. video, feature, news, data, radio), and what area do you hope to work in the future?

I definitely prefer broadcast journalism, more specifically video. I like to be behind and in front of the camera it gives me the opportunity to work across the spectrum and having my hands of different of things e.g. editing, filming, directing, presenting. I aspire to be a reporter working in the international news domain, at companies such as the BBC, VICE TV, and Al Jazeera.

What work will you be showing in LCC Degree Shows, and could you tell us a little about it?

The journalism degree show will focus on showing the work we’ve done with Artefact Magazine, highlighting the process of creation; coming up with ideas, the theme of the issue, editing etc. I don't think we realised how much work it would take to create a magazine. It will be interesting for people to understand how much blood, sweat, and tears (metaphorically speaking of course), the students and the tutors have put into it.

www.isaineblatry.com


Lucy Arup

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Why did you decide to study journalism, and why do you think journalism is important?

I’ve always been drawn to the art of storytelling, this, mixed with my curiosity towards people and their lived experience, are what attracted me to the practice of journalism.For me, the importance of journalism is quite personal: it helps me understand the world I live in.

What was the most important lesson and thing you’ll take-away from your time at LCC?

The most important lesson I will take away from my time at LCC is: if you have a goal you want to reach, hard work will get you there.

What is your preferred style of journalism (e.g. video, feature, news, data, radio), and what area do you hope to work in the future?

My preferred style of journalism are long-form feature stories, as it allows space for a deeper exploration of people’s experience and motivations. In the future, I hope to continue exploring and crafting long-form journalism, whether it be in audio, video or print.


Maha Khan

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Why did you decide to study journalism, and why do you think journalism is important?

Journalism serves many purposes from keeping the public alert to important news to entertaining it with the latest cultural changes. I appreciate the flexible nature of the industry, even through scandals and drastic shifts in how we access it, journalism has to stay relevant and fresh and that’s what continually interests me.

What was the most important lesson and thing you’ll take-away from your time at LCC?

The most important lesson I have learnt at LCC is to enjoy what you do. We’ve had loads of great guest speakers come in and they all echoed the idea that real passion and motivation comes from a love of the work.

What is your preferred style of journalism (e.g. video, feature, news, data, radio), and what area do you hope to work in the future?

I prefer features and long-form journalism, especially culture and human-interest pieces. Journalism is about feeding curiosity and people are fascinating to me. I aim to connect that with data-driven journalism.

twitter.com/mahamaryamkhan


Nour Hassaine

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Why did you decide to study journalism, and why do you think journalism is important?

Three years ago, I decided to study journalism as I believed it would open the doors to the creative/media industries. It is also the medium which allowed me to explore curiosities, shares stories and experiences. Journalism is an ongoing part of our daily lives and without it, stories wouldn’t have been shared and communities would not have been built globally.

What was the most important lesson and thing you’ll take-away from your time at LCC?

My time at LCC allowed me to meet a range of impressive people. The people I’ve met over the course of the last three years have inspired me in my work.

What is your preferred style of journalism (e.g. video, feature, news, data, radio), and what area do you hope to work in the future?

My satisfaction comes from any form of writing, whether it be human stories features or bigger political explanatory pieces. I hope to pursue a career in photojournalism as it would allow to express myself and combine my two professional careers which have been kept separated until now.

LCC Degree Shows 2019: Show 1 takes place from 29 May – 1 June 2019.

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