Leeds Trinity University announces line-up for prestigious Journalism Week

One of the UK’s top universities for employability and student satisfaction, Leeds Trinity University, has announced the line-up for its seventh annual Journalism Week, which is taking place from 2-5 March.

Key figures from a selection of the UK’s leading broadcasters, newspapers, magazines and online media outlets will once again be speaking throughout the week.

Opening Journalism Week will be BBC Look North presenter Harry Gration, followed by the BBC’s Sonali Shah, while Sky News sports editor, Nick Powell, and Stephen Rigley, acting deputy editor at the Sunday Express, will also be running workshops at the event.

Attendees will also be hearing from journalists and industry experts from a number of high profile media outlets, including the Mail on Sunday, Cosmopolitan, Channel 4 News, Daily Mirror and BBC Look North.

Each speaker will provide a unique insight into how to get into the industry, what to expect, how to succeed in journalism and how to improve chances of success.

Leading by example, Leeds Trinity University’s postgraduate journalism trainees will cover the week across a variety of digital and social platforms, showcasing the multi-platform skills that the undergraduate and postgraduate journalism courses at Leeds Trinity help to develop.

Catherine O’Connor, director of Leeds Trinity University’s Centre for Journalism, commented: “Leeds Trinity’s Journalism Week provides students interested in a career in journalism and the media with an invaluable opportunity to listen to, work with, network and learn from a wide range of industry professionals who are at the top of their profession.

“Journalism Week is one of the most anticipated events on the Leeds Trinity University calendar and creates a real buzz on campus. Over the years, the event has built a reputation for bringing some of the biggest players in the industry to Leeds, and this year’s event will be no exception.

“The University is a long-standing provider of journalism education and this event demonstrates our commitment to ensuring we produce the household media names of future.”

Leeds Trinity University’s Centre for Journalism is renowned for successfully launching the journalism careers of its trainees, thanks to its focus on industry-relevant studies, vocational training and cutting-edge academic research. Trainees are taught by lecturers with extensive experience in the journalism industry, and the Centre has developed partnerships with many major news organisations, including BBC North in MediaCityUK, which ensure that trainees get access to the best quality placements, mentoring opportunities and expert industry speakers.

The results speak for themselves. Leeds Trinity University’s postgraduate journalism courses generate an employability rate of between 95-100% each year, with many students securing journalism industry positions before completing the course.

More information on Leeds Trinity University’s Journalism Week, including the full programme, can be found at www.leedstrinity.ac.uk/journalismweek.

You can watch the Journalism Week on a live stream here: http://www.leedstrinity.ac.uk/departments/CFJ/jweek/Pages/webcast.aspx

Anyone interested in attending Journalism Week should contact Catherine O’Connor, Head of Journalism, Media and Business at Leeds Trinity University, on 0113 282 7167 or at c.oconnor@leedstrinity.ac.uk.