This week is National Careers Week (7 – 12 March). This week students will be taking part in an additional range of exciting events and opportunities, which are in addition to our programme of activities which help students to get career ready. 

During National Careers Week (NCW) the College is reminding students about how taking part in enrichment is a key way to invest in their future selves, and develop skills and experiences that help them to stand out from the crowd. Today we’re shining a spotlight on our Journalism enrichment which helps students not only take the journey into the media, but a range of related careers too. This is just one of the enrichments available to our students.

The HNC Echo is the College magazine. Students who take part in our Journalism Lunchtime Bites are supported to enhance their skills and knowledge and benefit from:

  • Weekly sessions helping them to understand more about being an Echo journalist, including learning how to deliver different genres of journalism ranging from feature writing, to news, sport and blogging 
     
  • An emphasis on extended skills such as filming video based news and feature content,  using specialist design software to create magazines and telling stories through photos – all valued skills for a future Journalist or creative who is expected to have more than the ability to write copy 
     
  • Employability talks and high profile guest speakers. Our Echo Journalists hear from established, high profile speakers. Recently we’ve welcome BBC Broadcast Journalist Amber Mehmood and Yorkshire Post Business Reporter Ismail Mulla who have given our students an inside look at the media industry and shared their advice about how to break into these competitive jobs 
     
  • The chance to explore the different careers in the media sector, including Public Relations. Students are invited to extend their experience by writing for the College website.  Echo journalist Curtis recently joined a local PR agency for some work experience to further develop a specialism in this area. Bespoke support is available for students who wish to know more about a particular creative field. 
     
  • Visiting university guest lectures. Recent examples have included a specialist debate about media ethics, and students are currently looking forward to a Broadcast Journalism taster lesson 
     
  • The chance to take on optional, more specialised roles including being an Editor and determining the ‘newsworthiness’ of the current edition ideas . Our more experienced HNC Echo journalists are currently working on pitching their article ideas to external media 

All of this culminates in the production of our high quality magazine, the HNC Echo. Students pursue their own interests and specialisms, writing about an incredibly diverse range of topics from the political, to environmental issues and managing stress. You can take a look at the current edition below. 

Hayley Doyle, who runs this enrichment comments: “The HNC Echo is a high quality publication, and being part of this enrichment supports students interested in a career in the field whilst also providing an outlet for students who enjoy writing. Our young people are able to grow their skills, many of which relate to a wide range of careers – there are few careers for example where the ability to write clear and engaging copy is not an asset. I am incredibly proud of the standard of work our students produce, and of course their resulting portfolios help them to stand out from the crowd at interview." 

Student Nicholas says: “I’ve been part of this enrichment for two years, and I am the resident Political Editor. It has really helped me to learn how to write for a wider audience, translating key issues into relatable content. I’ve grown in confidence too and recently I pitched to a BBC Look North journalist, asking them to come to speak at HNC. I received a response to this, and am really hoping that they come in!”

Students can visit Moodle for a full list of enrichment activities, including work experience opportunities. 
 


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