University of St Mark and St John (Marjon) celebrated the official opening of its brand new Journalism and Media (JaM) Centre on Wednesday, March 20.
Guardian features writer Simon Hattenstone was on hand to cut the ribbon – which fittingly for the occasion was a roll of camera film – at the state-of-the-art centre, which will act as a base for the new university’s Journalism and Creative Arts media degrees.
The JaM Centre, which was conceived and designed by the lecturers, houses an iPad teaching room, full iMac classroom, four iMac media editing suites, two of which act as a radio studio, and an editorial meeting room.
Adrian Emerson, Head of Journalism and Creative Arts at Marjon, said: “I’m delighted to open this new centre, which will help us give our journalism and media students the best possible grounding in the skills they will need to work in the industry.
“We have received great support from the university throughout the planning of this impressive centre, which represents a substantial investment by the institution, and we look forward to using it to produce the journalists and media professionals of the future.”
Hattenstone admitted he was impressed by the centre, and the enthusiasm of the staff, and predicted bright things for the students who choose Marjon for their media degrees.
“I just think it’s really great, the way it looks and there’s a really good vibe around the place, which I think the students will pick up on,” he said. “You just get a good feeling about this place. The students and staff seem to have a really close relationship, which is so impressive. I go to a lot of colleges to talk about journalism, around the country, and that isn’t always the case.
It’s so important that students who want to go into journalism are passionate about the career; it is a great job but you really have to want to do it, and a lot of that comes from the lecturers they have. So I have a good feeling about Marjon.”
All three BA programmes – Journalism, Sports Journalism and Media Production – are strongly vocational and industry-focused, with an emphasis on practical application and real world experience. Students are taught by practising media professionals and experience live reporting, relevant work placements and must produce industry-quality material to deadline throughout their courses.
The Sports Journalism BA is accredited by the Broadcast Journalism Training Council (BJTC) and there are plans to gain further professional accreditations from other industry bodies across the three programmes.
The JaM Centre is also available to commercial businesses to use, and will be used for media training and instruction by the lecturing staff.
Adrian Emerson (JCA head of department): firstname.lastname@example.org
Mike Baker (Sports Journalism programme leader) email@example.com
Sarah McAdam (Journalism and Media Production programme leader): firstname.lastname@example.org
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