Students help teach a new generation of global reporters

23 April 2014

Students help teach a new generation of global reporters

GCU students joined some of the world’s leading journalists to pass on their skills to a new generation of global reporters from across Scotland and the Commonwealth.

Twenty GCU students – led by David Cuthbertson, who is in the third-year of BA Multimedia Journalism, and Rory Martin, a postgraduate Multimedia  Journalism student –mentored teenagers during the Aye Write! Future News International Young Journalists' Conference.

GCU sponsored two students – from India and Bangladesh –to take part in the conference, during which the young reporters heard masterclasses from Glasgow School for Business and Society lecturers Nick Bevens, Julian Calvert, Claire Dean, and Dr Douglas Chalmers as well as journalists including Paul Ingrassia, Managing Editor of Reuters; Managing Editor of the Herald & Times group Tom Thomson OBE; Sir Craig Reedie, GCU Honorary Graduate and  President of the World Doping Agency; and Jim Naughtie and Reevil  Alderson of the BBC. As well as hearing from them on subjects including press freedom and ethical reporting, the teenagers learned technical skills such as researching and writing, and using digital technology and social media.

The aspiring journalists’ stories from the event, which is sponsored by the British Council, Tinopolis Interactive, the Herald & Times group, Thomson Reuters and GCU, were edited by GCU students.

Nick Bevens said: “The conference gave GCU students a great opportunity to interact with their peers from around the world, which is an invaluable experience in a global market. Our students have been a fantastic advert for what we do here throughout the conference.”

The conference was one of a series of events marking 100 days until the start of the Commonwealth Games.