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City journalist at the Winter Olympics

BA Journalism graduate Benjamin Westlake-Tritton heads to Sochi to work for the Olympic News Channel.
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nullBenjamin Westlake-Tritton (pictured, left), a recent graduate from the BA Journalism course at City University London, has landed a role working for the Olympic News Channel reporting on the Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia.

The Winter Olympics takes place in Sochi between 7-23 February, hosting an array of winter sports featuring the world's best competitors. Ben is Assistant Assignment Editor for the Olympic News Channel which is a feed that goes out to rights paying broadcasters worldwide.

Ben commented on his role in Sochi: "We film news packages on the games and interview all athletes before and after their events. We also produce news features on topics surrounding the games including background features on venues, how the games affect the locals and any interesting athlete stories."

Barbara Schofield, Senior Lecturer in the Department of Journalism added: "Ben was one of 160 journalism students that City placed with the Olympics Broadcasting Service during the London Games in summer 2012. They worked across a range of paid broadcasting roles from Assistant Producer to Electronic Newsgathering Assistant, gaining valuable experience and contacts in the exciting and demanding world of sports broadcasting. The Olympics Broadcasting Service approached City because of our excellent facilities, high calibre students and commitment to training linked directly to real world journalism and broadcasting. "

"Before graduating in summer 2013, Ben's internships included a stint in the press office at the Greater London Assembly and another on the news desk at the Sunday Times. These are the quality of placements our graduates are able to take advantage of. His current employment at the Winter Olympics in Sochi demonstrates the versatility and employability of our BA Journalism graduates."

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