Twenty University of Sussex journalists from the MA and BA courses visited New Broadcasting House on Friday (27 May). They had a tour of world’s most famous media building with its state of the art studios. Then three top BBC editors took time to talk to the group – thanks to Nick Sutton, Hugh Pym and Diana Martin for giving their time up. The tour group then saw the Radio 4 News PM Show being broadcast. The final highlight was to be studio guests on the BBC1 One Show where presenter Gyles Brandreth joined Alex Jones to talk to Elaine Paige and Russell T Davies.
Shamim Parveez Zakaria, an MA International Journalism student, said: “Walking through the BBC studious, interacting with some of the great minds and experience the ambience of this news world was a life time opportunity”.
Cosmo Sanderson from MA Journalism said: “The building was really impressive and it was interesting hearing from some of the most senior BBC journalists.
The group would also like to thank the legendary BBC foreign correspondent Stuart Hughes for sponsoring the visit. Thanks also to John Mair and Professor Ivor Gaber for leading the tour.
Journalism Lead at Sussex, Dr Paul Lashmar, said: “At Sussex we want our journalism students to get every opportunity to engage with professional journalists and media organisations as we believe this helps our graduates to become even more employable.”