DMU student takes part in NCTJ Student Council

By Matthew Chandler20180206_165620

A second-year journalism student at De Montfort University took part in the annual student council gathering of the National Council for the Training of Journalists on Friday (Feb 2).

Luke Smith was one of 45 student representatives to attend the event at the BBC Academy in Birmingham, where fellow students discussed potential improvements to the organisation among themselves and NCTJ executives.

The afternoon saw the council, along with various 2016-17 prize winners, listen to a talk from guest speaker, BBC Midlands Today presenter Nick Owen, before meeting five editors of top publications, including Abbie Scott, deputy managing editor of the Financial Times and Mark McGregor, assistant editor of BBC Online.

Luke said: “I enjoyed surrounding myself with like-minded journalists who really have the same common goal as myself.

“It was a really great event because not only did we get to speak to practising journalists, I also enjoyed the talk from Nick Owen. I thought he was a really interesting speaker and his anecdotes were inspiring as well.”

Luke, who said he felt a sense of responsibility on behalf of his course mates, became involved with the Student Council last year, but this was the first NCTJ event he had attended and he was pleased with the degree of transparency shown by the organization.

“I think everyone benefits from my involvement, really,” he added.

“It never hurts anybody to have a voice within power, as such, so, to have a specific day and a specific time where you can air your grievances really helped everybody because they were comfortable talking to me about it.”

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