Journalism students to take part in global link-up

Issue date: 18 March 2016

Journalism students

Watch the link up live on YouTube

This Friday Journalism students from the University of the West of England (UWE Bristol) will be taking part in the Global News Relay (GNR); an international link up with other journalism schools around the world.

Working alongside students from the U.S., Bulgaria, Lebanon, United Arab Emirates, Australia and Indonesia, the students will be reporting from Bristol on Jedi lightsabre classes, the growing phenomenon of 'walking football' and the regeneration of Horfield sports facilities, amongst other items.

This year's programme is based around Sports in the Community and is being played out on YouTube, starting at 5pm on Friday March 18th.

Dr Sally Reardon, Senior Lecturer in Journalism at UWE Bristol, who has led the initiative, says, “It has been a fascinating experience which has challenged the students logistically and technically but will be a brilliant showcase of their skills – and for the city of Bristol.”

Phil Chamberlain, Associate Head of Department for Broadcast and Journalism, says, “We've got students from all years and across all our journalism programmes, as well as some who have joined us from Taylor's University in Malaysia, taking part in this. It has been a fantastic way for them to work together to build a programme and get a taste of a global news production. All credit to our staff for giving up their time voluntarily to make this happen; it will be fascinating to see what other universities produce and compare stories and approaches. I know that we have done Bristol proud.”

Nathan Bees, a third year journalism student at the University, says, "It was great to take part in a global journalism project and I thoroughly enjoyed being a member of the talented UWE Bristol team. We have worked hard to truthfully represent sport and community within the city of Bristol."

A promotional film made for the event can be found on YouTube.

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