USW collaborates with Business News Wales to train journalists of the future

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Business News Wales has announced Journos of the Future, a new collaboration with the University of South Wales (USW) that will see students mentored by members of the news channel.

Set to begin in November, the initiative is part of the BA (Hons) Journalism degree at USW, which is accredited by the Broadcast Journalism Training Council.

The course covers how to find and tell stories, and the specialist skills needed to work in print, radio, TV and online. Students are required to carry out more than 30 news days – where they learn how to work in a real newsroom – as well as a minimum of three weeks’ work experience.

Journos of the Future will see Business News Wales’ Multimedia Production Manager, Sam Cook, give the students insight and advice for their prospective careers. He will share knowledge with the students on a variety of topics, including business journalism and using new and disruptive technology to find and tell stories.

Sam, who previously worked as a presenter and video journalist at Local TV, said: “Having had the benefit of learning from the best of the best during my early years of journalism, I can’t wait to share some of my own insight with the students of USW.”

Steve Johnson, Community Radio Tutor at USW, said: “The University of South Wales is always seeking fresh industry partnerships, and we welcome this exciting opportunity for our Journalism students to build links with Business News Wales.”

Mark Powney, Managing Director of Business News Wales, added: “A lot of what we do is founded on securing talent for the next generation and this will be a fantastic opportunity for future journalists.”