Virtual News & Sport Events — Solihull Sixth Form College

Virtual News & Sport Events

A lucky group of Media Studies students at Solihull Sixth Form College enjoyed exclusive access to staff from ITV News recently for a Virtual Newsday event.

Three lucky students from the A level Media Studies course got the opportunity to see how the news at ITV Central is generated. Molly Hogan, Harry Cleaver and Ellie Easthope attended this virtual event, starting by attending a morning meeting where story ideas were discussed. What followed was a host of editorial and technical sessions, in which they heard from a range of ITV staff about their roles in the production of the news. This included studio staff, camera crews and reporters. Finally, the students joined in the programme debrief at 6.30pm, when staff reviewed the day and the news they had produced.

Media and IT Curriculum Leader Rasbinder Gill commented:

“This was a very exciting opportunity for Molly, Harry and Ellie to be involved in. This exclusive, behind-the-scenes access to how television news is made offered them a fascinating insight into this area of media production and opened up their eyes to the sheer number of people that go into making the daily news. Not only did they really enjoy the day, but they learned a lot too. We are grateful to all the staff at ITV News who gave up their time to be part of this.”

This event followed hot on the heels of an online talk from former journalists now teaching at Liverpool John Moores University recently. Another three Media students – Olivia Jennings, George Taylor and Hussein Alsagheer – took part as academics discussed their own careers and the opportunities available at the university. Tim Abraham, who spent 23 years at Sky Sports before moving into academia, was part of the session and able to offer our learners useful advice on getting into Sports Journalism.

Rasbinder Gill added:

“This event was highly focussed on sports journalism and as Olivia, George and Hussein are interested in this field, the talk was hugely informative for them. We thank the staff from Liverpool John Moores University for their expertise and advice.”

14 March 2023