Journalism students publish widely

Posted on 18th November 2016

Students at the University of Chester have recently been showing their passion for journalism by writing for a slew of publications.

A first year student on the University's BA Journalism programme is the latest in a line of students whose work has gone out to the public after her article about a theatre group was picked up by the Wrexham Leader this week.

In the past few months, Chester students have received bylines in publications such as the Chester Chronicle, the Chester Leader, goombastomp.com and Langrenn.com.

They have tackled subjects as diverse as crime, charity music events, record-breaking sailing attempts, computer games and cross-country skiing.

Nathan Linley, a second year student , said: "To see my name in black and white for the first time while doing something I thoroughly enjoy is remarkable. I am truly grateful for the department for giving me the opportunity to get my work published."

First year student Oda Karlsen Bekkestad started writing semi-professionally within weeks of arriving in Chester.

She said: "I have a contract with a newspaper in Norway. I also do freelancing with other newspapers, where I cover events back home in Norway, when I have time to go home over weekends.

"I'm trying to use what I learn in classes in my articles. Since I'm writing stories for different news papers every week, I can use the knowledge from classes when I'm writing."

Dr Rhian Waller, Programme Leader for single honours and combined honours Journalism, said she was proud the students were showing their initiative.

She said: "It's heartening to witness students putting what they learn into practice and it is rewarding for the teaching staff to see they are making steps towards a promising career in journalism."

Head of Media Dr Alec Charles added: "It's brilliant to see our students getting their work out there - starting their publishing careers while they're still studying."

Other students will soon start seeing their stories appear on the in-house media hub which also accepts contributions from people studying on our Sports Journalism, Music Journalism and Broadcast Production and BA Media programmes.