Julian Assange joins BAMMJ lecturer for Q&A at Canadian documentary festival

Julian Assange joined BU's Mat Charles to discuss The Engineer

Julian Assange joined BU’s Mat Charles to discuss The Engineer

Mat Charles, TV Journalism lecturer at BU, took part in a live Q&A with Wikileaks founder Julian Assange at the Hot Docs festival in Toronto, Canada on 2nd May.

The discussion took place at a screening of The Engineer – a documentary co-directed by BA (Hons) Multimedia Journalism lecturer Mat and part funded by Wikileaks.

Assange joined Mat on stage via video link from the Ecuadoran embassy in London, where he has been living since June 2012 after being granted political asylum.

The film was screened three times around the city during the Hot Docs festival, playing to sold out rooms on each occasion.


BAMMJ graduate named NCTJ Alumna of the Month

Rachel Bartlett is the NCTJ Alumna of the Month for March

Rachel Bartlett is the NCTJ Alumna of the Month for March

A graduate from the BA (Hons) Multimedia Journalism course at Bournemouth University has been named the NCTJ’s Alumna of the Month for March.

Rachel Bartlett completed the three-year course at BU in 2010 and is now editor of Journalism.co.uk, which is a popular resource for good practice and innovation in digital journalism.

Speaking to the NCTJ website, Rachel elaborated on why she chose Bournemouth as the best place to study to become a journalist.

“My decision was driven by the fact that I was keen to ensure I entered the industry with a range of skills across media platforms, including newspapers, magazines, television, radio and online, and the ability to study for, and take, NCTJ exams at the same time.

“I went to university fairly open-minded about what area of the industry I wanted to go into, and the variety of the course helped guide me in terms of which areas I was most interested in.”


BAMMJ student blogs from trip to European Parliament in Brussels

The logo for the BUEU blogA student on the BA (Hons) Multimedia Journalism course is running a daily blog from Belgium as a number of Media School students visit the EU Parliament in Brussels.

Third-year BAMMJ student Robyn Montague has launched a ‘BUEU Blog’, which provides updates on each day of the five day visit.

“I started the blog as a way of practicing daily updates and also to showcase all the pictures I take here,” said Robyn.

“It’s a great opportunity to get people interested in the EU with the elections coming up in May.”


Journalism students meet industry pros at networking event

The panel at the Media School's journalism Career Forum

The panel at the Media School’s journalism Career Forum
(Photo: Liisa Rohumaa)

Bournemouth University held a networking event last week for students looking to forge a career in journalism.

A panel of industry experts, including a number of BA (Hons) Multimedia Journalism graduates attended the Media School to discuss careers in journalism with the current crop of third-year BAMMJ students.

The attendees included Paul Addison, who trains journalists at Bloomberg News, BBC election night reporter Catherine Cashmore and Bernadette Fallon, who is the editor of AllAboutYou.com.