A group of second year journalism and media students met editors, art directors and publishers at one of the UK’s biggest magazine and digital publishing companies in Bristol.
Immediate Media, which produces 34 magazines including BBC Top Gear and BBC Good Food, as well as over 50 websites, runs an annual outreach day for journalism students from six regional universities to meet staff and learn about the industry at its Bristol office.
Magazine production students were given the chance to make connections that can lead to work experience and graduate employment. The fast growing Bristol office outputs a range of specialist magazines including BBC Wildlife and BBC History as well as a variety of sports and craft titles.
University of St Mark and St John student Chris Groves said: “The staff at Immediate were welcoming and seemed genuinely passionate about talented young people getting a foothold in the industry. I would recommend the trip to any students looking for work placements at an established, broad and creative business.”
Students made the most of the opportunity with one, Dale Rawlings, who has an interest in health, fitness and nutrition, landing a week’s work experience on 220 Triathlon magazine. He said: “A great experience at the Immediate Media outreach day. I gained valuable insight and knowledge to take forward in the future.”
Annaleigh Benn, another second year, added: “A day that was priceless for Marjon students because we gained knowledge and tips from Bristol’s Immediate Media team.”
Lecturer in Journalism and Media, Liz Miller, who organised the trip said: “This is the second year we have taken our students up to this outreach day and it’s proved to be a valuable experience in gaining a real understanding of professional practice in the magazine and digital publishing industry.”
Immediate Media’s Bristol publishing director Andy Healy, group art director, Matt Hunkin and BBC Wildlife editor Matt Swaine spoke to students who were then able to network with editors, designers and advertising staff.
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