There is something of a thread running through events relating to journalism at the University of Glamorgan over the past couple of weeks.
Dr Toby Murcott came over today from my colleagues’ Centre for Astronomy and Science Education http://difference.weblog.glam.ac.uk/users/about/15 to talk to our journalism degree students about his brand of journalism – as science correspondent for The Times.
The same students are regularly treated to pearls of wisdom from another Times writer – Tony Rees, who reports on Welsh football for that newspaper and others. He is now teaching journalism at Glamorgan, after studying here some time ago under Prof Meic Stephens, who retired this year.
Prof Stephens also taught Julia Bosnyak, a recent graduate, who has just secured herself a newspaper traineeship. Congratulations to Julia, who will be returning to Wales to work as a reporter.
Wales itself was the subject of some fascinating lectures at the launch of Glamorgan’s Centre for the Study of Media in Small Nations, the brainchild of Dr David Barlow, who helps provide the theoretical underpinning of our practical journalism degree. Read about the centre at http://news.glam.ac.uk/news/2006/nov/23/small-nations/
Further afield – and I’m not sure if this thread will stretch across the Atlantic – this lecturer’s pet research topic of big nation (American) journalism was the focus of a launch lecture at the new Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism http://reutersinstitute.politics.ox.ac.uk/ . A report can be read on the website of Press Gazette at http://www.pressgazette.co.uk/article/201106/goerge_bush_newspapers_journalism_thatcher.
Or, at least, it could be read there when I last looked: Press Gazette has now closed, cutting off a unique supply of news about and for journalism. OK, so the Guardian et al cover media issues – but who, apart from Press Gazette, would run a high-brow piece from an Oxford lecture alongside reports from the real world of underpaid and overworked hacks at the coalfaces outside London? A small world just got smaller.