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Journalism Interview Days

Leeds Trinity University > Journalism Interview Days

We understand that the prospect of an interview can be daunting, so we’d like to reassure you by telling you a bit about our approach to interviews.

Firstly, the reason we have to interview before making you an offer is because our Journalism and Broadcast Journalism degrees are professionally accredited by the National Council for the Training of Journalists (NCTJ) and Broadcast Journalism Training Council (BJTC) respectively.

This accreditation requires an interview before an offer can be made, but it’s also a key indicator of the high quality of our course, as NCTJ and BTJC accreditation is confirmation that our degrees meet the ‘gold standard’ of Journalism training.

The interview is not designed to trick you or catch you out. Instead, it’s a safe, friendly and relaxed environment for you to share why you want a career in journalism or communications, and the passion and enthusiasm you have to achieve your goals.

Welcome Talk

You’ll start the day with a welcome from the lecturers based in our Centre for Journalism. This is your opportunity to find out how our courses are structured, the professional work placements you’ll complete and the personal support you’ll receive throughout your degree.

Informal discussion

Journalism requires excellent communication and interpersonal skills, the presentation of information in an accessible and engaging way, and the ability to understand and consider a broad range of ideas.

We’ll assess your Journalism potential at a short, informal discussion with one of our tutors. You might be asked about your interest in journalism and your understanding of, and engagement with, major news stories and some of the current issues in the world of Journalism.

  • You should come prepared to talk about the following topics:
  • What are the most important skills a journalist needs?
  • What are the current major news stories?
  • Is it acceptable for journalists to freely use personal information they find on social networking sites?
  • Do celebrities have a right to privacy?
  • What can journalists do to make sure that members of the public trust them?
  • What experience have you had so far? In particular, bring any examples of writing that you have produced.

It is important to carry out some research into these topics prior to the discussion. The following websites may be useful, but feel free to use other sources:

guardian.co.uk/media
journalism.co.uk
pressgazette.co.uk
holdthefrontpage.co.uk
mediaweek.co.uk

Bring any notes you have made or other materials to support your discussion – show your preparation for it.

News exercise

A central focus of Journalism programmes at Leeds Trinity University is live news production. From the first year of your studies, you’ll work in our newsrooms and develop the skills to file content on our ltjournalism.com website.

During the Interview Day, you’ll take part in a news exercise that will allow you to demonstrate your written communication skills.

 

Your questions answered 

What do I need to prepare/bring?

You’ll need to be prepared to discuss your ideas on the following topics:

  • What are the most important skills a journalist needs?
  • What are the current major news stories?
  • Is it acceptable for journalists to freely use personal information they find on social networking sites?
  • Do celebrities have a right to privacy?
  • What can journalists do to make sure that members of the public trust them?
  • What experience have you had so far? In particular, bring any examples of Journalism that you have produced.

You’re encouraged to bring along any notes or materials that will support your discussion.

What are you looking for?

We’re looking for applicants to show us that they’re passionate about journalism and storytelling and that they have the qualities that good journalists and communicators possess, such as curiosity and excellent communication skills.

What do I do when I arrive?

Go to our Main Reception when you arrive, where you will be greeted by our student ambassadors – they will direct you to the registration area. Please allow plenty of time to register before the first session begins.

What should I wear?

Please dress smartly for your interview – avoid trainers, tracksuits and jeans!

How many guests am I allowed to bring?

You can bring as many guests as you like – they’ll be able to join an information session while you’re in your interview.

What happens if I’m running late or can’t make it to the interview?

If you have any problems before or on the day, then please get in touch with us and we’ll do our best to help. Before the day, you can contact us on 0113 283 7150 or email hello@leedstrinity.ac.uk – we’re open between 9.00am and 5.00pm. On the day, you can give us a call on 07534 568 150.

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