Media and Communication
Module Showreel - Year 1, 2 & 3
The redesigned Year 3 Online Newsdays
In their final year MMJ students face the ultimate challenge: working together as a real reporting team in a real newsroom. This year this assessment posed a particular challenge, both for students for also for staff. Whereas the set of online newsdays usually take place on campus, lecturer Graham Jones had to redesign the assessment in line with the social distancing restrictions.
“The week of online newsdays was supposed to be the students’ big finale to the course. I was determined that the coronavirus situation wouldn’t deny them of that but, instead, we would use the situation to our advantage and give them the stage to showcase the skills they had learned over the past three years,” Jones said.
With support from colleagues Jamie Stephens and Alex Gardiner, the students stepped up to the challenge and surprised themselves with a truly impressive array of stories – from hard news to lighter lifestyle pieces and investigations – all produced from their own homes.
The stories were published on a public website www.thecanterburyhub.co.uk which showcased all the skills they’ve picked up over the last three years.
By the end of the week The Canterbury Hub had attracted 6400 unique users and 7400 page views. This is a testament to the professionalism of our student journalists and the standard of the work that they produced over the week.
The feedback from the students was incredibly positive, garnering Jones a Golden Apple teaching award for Best Emergency Assessment Planning.
In particular, the students felt empowered by the experience and prepared for facing a challenging job market and working environment after graduating.