Students get switched on to careers in broadcasting at BBC bootcamp

Students at the University of Wolverhampton were switched on to finding out about film, production and TV careers when they took part in a Broadcasting Bootcamp recently.

The day long programme of events was hosted by the BBC Birmingham Academy and the Royal Television Society (RTS) Midlands Region.

The University is only the second organisation to host the event outside London which offered Faculty of Arts students a range of talks, seminars and practical sessions as part of its high profile Career Development Week.

Industry speakers included Phil Ford, scriptwriter for TV productions including Dr Who, Coronation Street and Waterloo road, and Carol Harding, drama producer of Doctors, Holby City and Afternoon Play.

Students learned how to make and edit videos in smartphone workshops, built a drive time show for radio and were given tips on writing for television drama as well as pitching ideas.

Pritpal Sembi, Head of the School of Media at the University of Wolverhampton, said:  “Students engaged in a variety of different career focused practical programmes which really gave them a glimpse into the world of journalism, TV and production.

“The day session allowed them to engage first hand with industry professionals and ask questions about the kinds of opportunities they can pursue both whilst they are studying and when they finish their degrees.”

Jamie Blower, Broadcast Journalism student, said: “The sessions were really helpful.  Not only did they enhance things we are already learning, it provides layers on top of the things we already know.  I’ve learned lots of new things – especially with mobile phones – offering me a range of transferrable skills that will really help me when I start to work in the industry.”

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For more information please contact the Media Relations Office on 01902 32 2736 or 01902 518647.

Date Issued: 16th March 2017

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