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2018

19 Nov 2018

Alumni share top tips for working in the media industry

Current students involved in Loughborough Students’ Union (LSU) Media were treated to a weekend of activities on 17 and 18 November for the LSU Media Alumni Weekend.

Seven alumni returned to campus to inspire current students interested in working in media. Students heard about freelancing, journalism, filming and more and were able to take part in a multi-media challenge, mentored by those working in the industry.

To start the workshops on Saturday, freelancer and former Industrial Design and Technology student Tom Traies (pictured below) shared insights into the creative process for shooting documentaries. Alumna Bryony Hopkins (Drama 2013) presented on developing a career as a freelance journalist.

Deputy Features Editor at the i Newspaper, Robert Hastings (English 2007), gave a talk on news and feature writing, a real hit for student journalists. This was followed by “capturing the perfect shot”, led by former Electronic and Computer Systems Engineering student and photographer Dave Bird.

An insight into “leading a media team” was given by alumnus Andrew Clark (Electronic and Computer Systems Engineering 2010), who works for the BBC, and the day was closed by production coordinator Sam Lean (Drama 2013) who talked about working in the entertainment industry.

Students also had the opportunity to hear from alumnus Adrian Bailey (Electronic and Electrical Engineering 1973) who talked about the foundations of broadcasting at Loughborough and how it began in the 1970s.

Thank you to the alumni for volunteering their time to share their experiences with our students. Find out about volunteering at the University.

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