Hackney students meet top journalists at networking event

Students Quiz DCI Nick Hayward for Information

Students Quiz DCI Nick Hayward for Information - Credit: LEE THOMPSON

Hackney’s future pioneers of journalism got an insight into the workings of a newsroom at an event which connected media industry leaders to 250 young people from all over London.

Duncan white - Director News Academy with
Head of Strategy at The Sun Derek Brown, Deputy Editor o

Duncan white - Director News Academy with Head of Strategy at The Sun Derek Brown, Deputy Editor of The Times Emma Tucker, managing Editor The Sun Stig Abell - Credit: LEE THOMPSON

The Bsix Sixth Form College pupils attended the programme of activities, networking and conferences at the News UK headquarters on February 10.

Shadow Secretary of State for Education, Tristram Hunt, a former broadcast journalist, made a special appearance to share his views on journalism.

He said: “There’s nothing more exciting than the dynamism of making the news.

“Journalism is enormously important and enriching. We have seen great changes in the media landscape, but there’s been a remarkable resurgence in many forms.

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“It’s a really exciting industry to go into. Journalism is a very, very important part of our democracy. It’s a great opportunity.”

Panellists included Robert Crampton, and Emma Tucker of The Times; Nick Greenslade, of The Sunday Times, and Derek Brown and Stig Abell of The Sun.

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The youngsters, aged 16 to 18, were able to ask questions and practice their journalism skills.

Director of News Academy, Duncan White said: “We are delighted to be bringing News Academy to London and to host the conference at News UK’s London office. The programme is an ideal opportunity for budding young journalists to get the help and advice needed to start a successful career in journalism. Students get the chance to interact with journalists at the top of their profession – for anyone interested in one of the most rewarding and diverse careers out there, this is an experience not to be missed.”

For more information on the News Academy, visit: academy.news.co.uk.

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