Students were given lessons in modern media as a series of guests, including Chad editor Phil Bramley, were invited to share their knowledge with budding broadcasters.
As part of West Notts College industry week, guests from the BBC, Mansfield-based Linney Group and Star Media, were on hand to give advice.
Phil discussed a range of ideas to support video campaigns for Chad’s website.
The aim is for students to gain more practical experience of on-line journalism by using their filming and editing skills to create video news packages and feature documentaries for the title’s growing on-line audience.
Phil said: “I was really impressed with the breadth of ideas and the maturity that the students displayed and we discussed how we could commission them to get involved in video recording and getting vox pops for news campaigns in the community.
“I was interested to hear their ideas for future development for both online news and within the newspaper itself and I look forward to working with them more.”
Mark Readman, senior director at BBC East Midlands, gave professional advice and feedback on the students’ weekly live television show ‘Gogglebox Live’.
A-Star Media’s Katrina Atherton then spoke to second-year students about setting up in business in film and media.
Katrina’s company specialises in the creation of web films for organisations from industries across the UK and beyond.
The week ended with students finding out more about getting recruited into the creative industries when The Creative Movement’s co-director Louisa Oukil visited to give advice on how to perform in an interview and prepare a professional portfolio when applying for jobs.
The Creative Movement has an office in Nottingham’s ‘Creative Quarter’ and specialises in matching people in the creative industry into the right jobs, such as graphic design, digital, advertising and PR.
Louisa said: “It was good to meet the students and help them to prepare their thoughts and plans for entering the jobs market.
“It’s important to prepare early and start to prepare CVs and portfolios.
“It’s important to nurture their creativity outside the classroom too by visiting galleries, networking with others and creating scrapbooks and journals.”