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Students turn out to inspiring NUJ conference

NUJ student conference 2010

NUJ student conference 2010  -  © Private

22 November 2010

Over 120 aspiring journalists took part in the NUJ Student Journalist Conference on Saturday.

Students gained tips on breaking into the industry and honing their journalism skills from Hélène Mulholland, political correspondent at The Guardian, Paul Mason, Newsnight's Economics Editor, and Kevin Maguire, Associate Editor of The Mirror.

In a session on the international media, Foster Dongozi, General Secretary of the Zimbabwe Union of Journalists, and Jennifer Dube, a reporter at The Standard in Harare, told the students about the reality of life for journalists and the threats to media freedom in Zimbabwe.

Jim Boumelha, president of the International Federation of Journalists, spoke about the pressures facing journalists around the world and Charles Atangana updated the students on his battle against deportation back to the Cameroon.

In the third session on investigative journalism, Shiv Malik, Investigative reporter and broadcaster, Heather Brooke, freedom of information campaigner and author and Marc Vallée, photojournalist, shared their experience of carrying out investigations.

Michelle Stanistreet, NUJ Deputy General Secretary, said:

"It was a brilliant event, it was great to meet so many students and to tell them about the range of work the NUJ is involved in. We all left feeling positive and inspired. And it was clear from the questions to our speakers, and the interviews and networking that went on in the breaks, that there were many great journalists in the making."

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