New journalism course launching this September

Wednesday, 10 July 2013

Journalism -course -launchSeevic College is launching a new Journalism course from September 2013 which enables progression to careers in Broadcast Journalism.

The City & Guilds Diploma in Media Techniques (Broadcast Journalism) aims to provide progression for learners in to employment at a magazine, newspaper or website - or a career as a freelance journalist.

The launch of the new course follows a recent visit to the College by the Deputy Mayor of Castle Point, Councillor Jackie Govier, to launch a magazine produced ‘for students, by students’.

Urban Decade has been designed, edited and funded by Media students and officially launched at our Art & Media End of Year Show on Thursday 6 June.

The first edition includes articles and advice for young people on buying their first car, going on holiday abroad and finding part-time work – alongside harder-hitting features about substance abuse and sexual health. 

A total of 20 students, who all study BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Media, were involved in production of the magazine.

All copy and design work was produced by the students themselves, and funding for print and production of the magazine was raised wholly through advertising revenue generated by the Sales Team and funding from the College’s Student Association.

Eighteen-year-old Holly Mead, who previously attended King John School in Benfleet before enrolling at Seevic College, was one of three Editors for the magazine.

"Working on a live project like this enables students to get a feel for the real life challenges faced by professionals working in the media industry." Lecturer Susan Sandercock

After the launch, she said: “I love to write, so it was amazing to have the freedom to produce articles that we thought would have an impact on people just like us. During the two-week period we faced lots of challenges including tight deadlines, but were able to overcome them by working together as a team.”

Susan Sandercock is a Media Lecturer at Seevic College and set the students their brief for the project.

She said: “Working on a live project like this enables students to get a feel for the real life challenges faced by professionals working in the media industry. Considering the tight deadlines set, I think they did a fantastic job. I would also like to thank each of the local businesses who supported the project through agreeing to advertise their services in the magazine.”

Urban Decade, which had an initial print run of 250 copies, is available free of charge to visitors at Castle Point Borough Council and Southend University Hospital.

Susan Sandercock will also be leading the City & Guilds Diploma in Media Techniques (Broadcast Journalism) course at the College.

She said: “The media is a competitive industry so it’s crucial journalists-to-be have as wide a range of skills as possible and this is achieved through the content of this exciting new course.”

The new course can be studied as part of an A-Level package at the College, meaning students will study it alongside A-Level English Literature or Language, A-Level Communication & Culture, plus one additional related A-Level subject.

To find out more ring 01268 882 666 or email

Caption: Seevic College students (from left to right) Daisy Baker, Holly Mead, Pierce Coltman, Michael Peak and Ryan Skinner alongside Deputy Mayor of Castle Point Councillor Jackie Govier at the launch of Urban Decade.


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