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Leeds Trinity Journalism student broadcasts in Urdu

Posted on 09 May 2018


​​​A multi-lingual student at Leeds Trinity University has been reading the news in Urdu as part of her placement at Bradford Community Broadcasting (BCB).

Zoha Shah, 19, who is in her second year of a degree in Broadcast Journalism at Leeds Trinity University, translated the English-language news bulletins into Urdu, the official language of Pakistan, and broadcast them live on the University's Yorkshire Voice Facebook page. Yorkshire Voice is produced by trainee journalists within the Centre for Journalism and features local, national and international news, sports stories, features and television programmes.

Zoha said: "It was a great experience. No-one has done it before here, so I felt really special. To say that I'm multi-lingual and have broadcast in Urdu and English is great for my CV."

Zoha, who is originally from Pakistan, is now living in Leeds while she completes her three-year degree at Leeds Trinity. She speaks fluent English and Urdu, basic Korean and Chinese.

Urdu is the official language of Pakistan, and is also widely used in India and elsewhere, with around 50 million speakers worldwide. Zoha is the first student at Leeds Trinity University to broadcast in Urdu on Bradford Community Broadcasting.

As part of the Broadcast Journalism course, students have the opportunity to complete a placement with Bradford Community Broadcasting, gaining experience as news readers, reporters and editors.

Richard Horsman, Associate Lecturer in Journalism at Leeds Trinity University who coordinates the BCB opportunity for students, said: "I'm delighted Zoha was able to use her language skills to translate our BCB news bulletin into Urdu, and put this out on Facebook. There's a huge Urdu speaking audience in Bradford, one of the most diverse cities in Britain.

"There's also a big demand from employers for journalists from all of the UK's communities, and we're proud to be developing some of the brightest and best candidates to fill these roles."

Broadcast Journalism​ at Leeds Trinity University gives students the opportunity to gain practical broadcast skills, working in industry-standard studios on campus, with award-winning lecturers who have extensive industry experience. The University's alumni includes: Katy Rickitt, News Correspondent for ITV's Good Morning Britain; Harpreet Kaur, Presenter on the BBC Asian Network; Mark Kielesz Levine, Presenter at Made in Leeds TV; Stephen Rigley, Deputy Editor, Sunday Express; and Chris Ship, ITV News Royal Editor.