Guest Speaker – Oliver Poole

War correspondent for The Telegraph, Oliver Poole, visited University College Falmouth this week to share his experience of being a journalist at war and explain the importance of the media’s role in it.

As a journalist for The Telegraph, Poole was an American correspondent for the 9/11 terrorist attack. He was then sent to Afghanistan at the beginning of the war as an ’embedded journalist.’

Poole travelled with a tank unit who he spent all of his time in Afghanistan with. Everything he owned was bought in Baghdad so that he could blend in with the crowd. “To be absolutely blunt, I didn’t have a clue what I was doing,” he said. “It was a chaotic start.”

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Guest Speaker – Nicholas Brett

Journalism students were taught that persistence is vital in the career of journalism by a guest speaker at University College Falmouth yesterday.

Nicholas Brett, Deputy Managing Director and Group Editorial Director for BBC Magazines, visited UCF to talk about the importance of the audience for the BBC as a worldwide company.

“It’s a really bad time to get a job at this time; there has never been a worse time. You have to keep being persistent,” said Brett.

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Guest Speaker – Brian Cathcart

Brian Cathcart visited University College Falmouth on March 9th, 2010 as part of UCF’s ‘Approaches to Journalism’ evening lecture series. Cathcart is a professor of journalism at Kingston University and media columnist at the New Statesman. He presented students and visitors with a presentation entitled ‘Collective Amnesia at the News of The World’, concerning the royal phone tapping scandal in late 2005/early 2006.

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Guest Speaker – Eileen Devaney

Journalism students at University College Falmouth were told about a guide to reporting about people in poverty by a guest speaker yesterday.

Eileen Devaney is a member of the UK Coalition Against Poverty. She visited UCF to give an awareness of UK poverty and to talk about the training she offers in related reports.

“We have almost come to regard the poor as the moral villains of society rather than its victims,” she quoted the Bishop of Putney.

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Guest Speaker – Kirstie Newton

Journalism students learnt about the option of becoming a freelance journalist and how to present a good quality pitch at a guest lecture held at Univeristy College Falmouth today.

Kirstie Newton, Editor of Cornwall Today, visited UCF to talk about her career as a magazine journalist and to share her knowledge to help students become successful journalists in their future careers.

“There are much bigger horizons for you and different ways to work,” she said. “Keep your options open.”

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Guest Speaker – Leo Hickman

A guest speaker at University College Falmouth told students yesterday about the importance of blogging during their academic course.

Leo Hickman, a journalist for The Guardian, spoke to BA(Hons) Journalism students at UCF about his experience in journalism and shared some of his ‘tricks of the trade.’

My own experience would show that blogs are a great form of practise,” said Leo Hickman. “I would recommend writing blogs as much as possible.”

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Guest Speaker – Robert Pinker

A guest speaker visited University College Falmouth today to tell students about the ongoing process of the Press Complaints Commission.

Robert Pinker, an ex-Chairman of the PCC, talked to BA(Hons) Journalism students at UCF about the purpose of the PCC. This was essential for Journalism students to understand for their future careers.

The PPC was set up in 1991 as the regulatory body for news print. It deals with complaints from editorial content in newspapers and magazines to keep a high industry standard in the media.

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