Birmingham City University will welcome back some of its top journalism alumni under a new scheme giving students the chance to hear about the experiences of graduates now working in the industry.
Journalists including former Sky and BBC newsreader Marverine Cole and senior producer Adam Cumiskey will mentor broadcast journalism students, share their expertise about working in the national media and discuss how to cover big stories and build their careers in a highly competitive field.
Course director Diane Kemp said: “We’ve always called on former students to speak to groups on the course but this scheme will give all our 2012 entrants access to an individual who can give them advice and guidance based on their own experience.
“Our former students have been eager to help and we are grateful for their continued support. I’m sure the students who come to us in September will learn a great deal from them.”
The BJTC accredited postgraduate diploma course celebrates its 20th anniversary this year – making it one of the longest running in the UK.
This year the diploma will also extend its 25 week course length, switching from a May start date to September.
‘The move is in response to what our understanding of the marketplace tells us,’said Kemp. ‘There are many more courses than there were when we launched in 1992 – but we’ve earned a tremendous reputation with employers and we will go on building on that.”