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By Luke Nurdin

BU Graduate

Back in 2007 I applied to go to Bournemouth University to study the Multimedia Journalism course. I really wanted to study here because it had such a good reputation for media and journalism. Sadly the first time I didn’t get the grades but I decided to do another year at sixth form to see if I could improve my results. Fortunately I was successful second time around!

Bournemouth University’s Talbot Campus is a really easy campus to find your way around. As for the course I’d say the main benefit is the practical experience, you really get an insight into what it takes to be a journalist and it prepares you for the industry. You learn many different skills from shorthand to designing newspaper and magazines to filming a TV news package. There is also a valuable theoretical side to the course with units on journalism and society, media law, public affairs, news theory, journalism ethics and global current affairs.  Through the different units you get to learn what your specialism is, which you will be able to use for the final year project.

The final year Professional Perspectives unit is a valuable opportunity to hear advice from senior industry figures.  The final year multimedia project brings together all the skills you learn over the 3 years. One of the main things that I enjoyed about the assignments is the sense of achievement when you watch or listen to the final story. I enjoyed the creative process, thinking of different ways to tell a story. 

You also get to complete a professional placement which is an opportunity to put all the skills into practice and to hopefully get some work published to use in your portfolio.

So if you’re interested in studying Multimedia Journalism, come to Bournemouth and if you don’t get in the first time, try again!

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