Friday, January 21, 2011...7:00 am

Planning a live, multimedia newsday for journalism students

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Today sees an experiment in both teaching and accreditation for the journalism courses at UCA Farnham.

Rather than treat the scheduled accreditation visit from the Broadcast Journalism Training Council as a kind of external examiners visit, showing BJTC members boxes of completed student work, UCA aims to demonstrate student skills in action.

The five visiting BJTC panel members will get to see a live, multimedia newsday, with television, radio and online journalism students working together to create packages of news content, and report behind the scenes on what goes on during such a visit. The aim is to turn the tables on the panel and ask them searching questions on the value of accreditation in front of the cameras and microphones.

The run-up to the day, and coverage of the day itself, is featured on a new, dedicated student web site – – which will be developed as a fully functioning student news site from then on. Students are also going crazy on Twitter and, for some reason, SquareSpace (apparently Tumblr was too difficult to set up). Facebook is doubtless to come. [UPDATE: we gave up on SquareSpace (it costs money) and the Facebook page is here. Like it – go on.]

As ever, any visitors and comments are welcome…

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