By Emmi Bowles – Online Editor & Deputy Features Editor
50 UCLan students have gained work placements at the third annual CJAM event.
CJam is an annual, all day careers networking event for journalism and media students. The event consisted of speakers from media corporations such as the BBC and Sky and a one on one pitching session for students to gain placements.
This year the guests included Tony Morris a Present from Granada Reports, the Deputy Editor of Radio 1 and 1Xtra’s Newsbeat Debbie Ramsay. Michelle Mayman TV editor for BBC North West and Dave Betts, Managing Editor for Sky News were also present, along with Richard Frediani, Programme Editor at ITV who tweeted:
The future starts now #CJAM2015
— Richard Frediani (@FredianiITV) April 24, 2015
A record number of students won placements and chances to be mentored by the guests at the event, taking to Twitter to celebrate.
Great day today at #cjam2015, been offered two placements by industry professionals!
— Jessica Millington (@JMillingtonJour) April 24, 2015
— Charlotte Alice (@BeingAliceBlog) April 24, 2015
Ana Bates, a third year journalism student was asked to speak at the event with other students Michelle Hennessy and Mane Grigoryan for their work so far within the industry.
Ana Bates was also lucky enough to win two placements at the event. “I am absolutely overwhelmed with the placements that I’ve got. They mean so much to me and especially in my third year. Hopefully I can utilise them to help me get a job.” Ana told Pluto.
Dr Paul Elmer, Head of the School of Journalism and Media said: “It was absolutely a fantastic day. When you think you’ve got over 40 students who have placements on the back of this day alone; and it just shows how important this day is to us and the position we have within the media industry.”
For more information about CJam search the hashtag #CJam2015, and remember to tweet us @UCLanPluto #JoinTheConversation .