An interesting news piece on Journalism.co.uk reveals that final year journalism students at Coventry University will be responsible for the copy and pictures of the Coventry Telegraph’s community pages.
It is a very promising initiative which will no doubt benefit both the students and the paper; however it has got me thinking. Is it better than a student paper?
In terms of exposing your talents to potential employers I would argue that it is. The editor of the Coventry Telegraph, who set up the scheme, will have direct access to the students work and they will have more of an opportunity to impress him than if they were to take cuttings from their time at the Uni paper.
On the flip side, are Uni papers irreplaceable? They are most people’s first experience of the hustle and bustle of a news room environment. For others, it is the platform in which the skill of being an editor is learnt. But are employers really swayed by a candidate’s record at their Uni paper? I am not sure.
Is a project like this the future of practical journalism while at Uni and will it yield more jobs in the process? Its success and popularity is something to look out for and only time will tell. But in terms of giving students a chance, I would say it’s certainly a good start.