Had a good time participating in the Student Publication Association’s South East Regional Conference at the University of Hertfordshire today. SPA was founded to provide similar kind of support that SRA gives to students.
I was impressed by the dedication of student journalists and the quality of the student newspapers being produced. For example, Hertfordshire Students’ Union’s student media group, Trident Media, which is run by students, for students, has covered good and serious news content in UniVerse and good shows for Crush Radio, the first student radio station in the UK.
In addition to introducing UCA’s MA Journalism and MA Media Communications courses, I sat in the talks given by very driven young talents, including @brendaisarebel from Student Beans tackling the killer question of going viral, @Duarte_RV talking about data journalism, and @lauragrb sharing her experience as a freelancer. I have also learned the kind of help the university student journalists need – e.g., improve their understanding of media law and regulations, networking, peer review and feedback on their work, working with graphic designers or with digital graphic software. I feel inclined to offering my support to these highly-driven and hard-working media professionals. To begin with, I’d welcome people to attend the lectures on media business models and media law (see details). Needless to say, I’d spread the words and encourage our UCA students to get involved.