Plymouth Marjon University has appointed BBC’s Match of the Day commentator, John Roder and leading environmental journalist, Anna Turns to teach on its Journalism courses.
The new lecturers will teach at Marjon’s state-of-the-art radio and TV studio, The Workshop. Situated right next door to the BBC South West in Plymouth, it offers students to get hands-on with the latest industry working practices.
John is an experienced broadcast journalist, who has reported on professional football for a host of international sports providers. These include the BBC, BT Sport, ESPN and Eurosport.
Following his appointment, he said: “I wanted to be involved because the course is something that I would’ve loved when I was at university. I’m thrilled to have been asked to play a part in developing what is already an excellent programme into an even better one.
“The facilities at The Workshop are amazing. There is huge potential for establishing this teaching space as a major centre for students studying journalism. I can’t wait to get started.”
Anna’s environmental background in journalism has spanned the last 20 years. As a biology graduate, she has worked as a freelance journalist, producing articles on sustainability, climate change, marine issues and nature.
Anna writes regularly for national publications including the Guardian, Positive News, Daily Telegraph, Evening Standard, Coast magazine and Resurgence.
She commented: “I’m really excited about joining the team at The Workshop. I hope to inspire Marjon students to explore the prospect of freelancing within the current media landscape.
“Having worked in TV, radio and magazine journalism for 20 years, I’m looking forward to sharing my experiences and helping Marjon students to find their own niche and specialism.”
Journalism programme lead, Mike Baker said: “We're delighted to have two so well-respected and experienced journalists on board. It's a statement of how we want our courses to offer our students the very best advice and training.
"We want our students to think of themselves as freelance journalists from the very start of their studies. Having a professional mindset and building resilience from an early stage will stand them in good stead for their future careers.”
The exciting opportunity to study Journalism at Marjon and The Workshop is still available for September 2020. Apply through Clearing now.