Broadcast Students visit BBC Media City

By Bethany Howes and Keimae C. Blake

BA Broadcast Journalism students received the opportunity to get an insight into working for the BBC by meeting Newsround presenter Martin Dougan and got a tour around BBC Media city in Manchester.


As 1styear journalism students, Beth Howes and Keimae Blake believed their first trip with DMU would allow them to gain a first-hand experience of their chosen future careers and get an insight into what it takes to be a part of the BBC and the challenges employees may face.

Beth believes the trip met her expectations and more as “the tour was amazingly conducted which allowed for vast amounts of knowledge to be gained within the industry”

Whilst Keimae believed that the option to talk to more BBC employees to get “multiple opinions and ask more questions.”

Mae and Beth had the chance to: go into the 6 Music radio studios, and got to peek into the Match of The Day studio and have a go at presenting in reconstruction of the BBC Breakfast studio.

Students also had a meeting with Newsround presenter Martin Doughan.


The  presenter happily spoke to students and we were allowed to ask questions such as “Who chooses the content that comes on Newsround.?”

He also explained why Newsround did not cover the murder soldier of Lee Rigby because the programme is aimed at 6 to 12 year old children and it would be “too horrific.”

Beth found the Q and A exceeded expectations because “it allowed for a first-hand insight into the working practices of broadcast journalism”.

Dominic Ward, a second-year student reflected on the trip and concluded that he “knew ITV had a little studio in Manchester” (as Dominic has visited the Media City before) but he “didn’t realise how many programmes were actually filmed there”












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