Screenshot of Multimedia Journalism students taking part in their online newsday

11 June 2020

A virtual newsroom experience

In response to the coronavirus lockdown, Canterbury Christ Church University’s Multimedia Journalism team have redesigned a key practical element of the course to create a highly successful virtual alternative for their students.

Lecturer Graham Jones and academic sessional Jamie Stephens, with invaluable support from technician Alex Gardiner, have developed an online newsroom for third year Multimedia Journalism students, who would normally be spending a week in a ‘newsroom’ on campus.

The students have produced outstanding work, and their news site The Canterbury Hub has attracted over 6400 unique visitors and 7400 page views, showing strong engagement from the public with the students’ real and relevant journalism.

Third-year student Chloe, said: "I think the newsdays were so successful, I truly felt like a working journalist in the industry. The encouragement we have had by our lecturers evidently gave us the confidence and belief that we could do the newsdays remotely, something that I feel would be a challenge to real working journalists let alone students.

"It has filled me with confidence as the amount of content and stories we were able to find and produce from the limitations of our own houses and in such a short time period was impressive. It has shown the use of social media and how helpful it is as a story source and how vital it is to being a working journalist in terms of building contacts too.”

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