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Journalism students from City secure half of new Google work placements

Four journalism students have secured eight-week summer fellowships

by Ed Grover (Senior Communications Officer)

Journalism students from City University London have secured four out of eight work placements on offer in a new Google scheme.

The group, who are all studying Masters courses in the Department of Journalism, will complete eight-week placements at national media organisations, including The Telegraph and the Financial Times.

They were chosen for the Google News Lab Fellowship from more than 250 applicants across the UK.

The successful City students are:

 - Charlotte Beale (MA Interactive Journalism) – placement at Trinity Mirror
 - Daniel Dunford (MA Investigative Journalism) – The Telegraph
 - Josh Robbins (MA Investigative Journalism) – The Bureau of Investigative Journalism
 - Antti Saarenpaa (MA Financial Journalism) – Financial Times

Matt Cooke, Google News Lab lead for the UK, Ireland and Nordics, said: “We're delighted to announce the results of the Google News Lab Fellowship – eight students from universities in London, Leeds, Cardiff and Edinburgh will now get the chance to join a newsroom this summer. Congratulations to those who were selected and become fellows.

“While the work of each host organisation is unique, students who are accepted onto the scheme have opportunities to research and write stories, contribute to open source data programmes, and create timely data to accurately frame public debates about issues in the UK and the world.”

It is the first time the programme has been run in the UK. Google also offers fellowships in the USA, South Korea and Australia.

The City students will complete their placements in summer 2016, between June and September. Google provides a stipend of up to £6,400 to cover the placement.

Tom FelleTom Felle, Lecturer in the Department of Journalism, said: “City University London has long been at the forefront of global journalism training – our graduates write the news read by millions daily and inform global audiences on radio and television, and increasingly on digital platforms, worldwide.

“We are delighted that four of our students have been successful in this, the first Google News Lab Fellowship programme run in the UK. The fellows will have an opportunity to work in challenging and diverse news organisations, gaining valuable experience in digital journalism. It is a fantastic opportunity for them to showcase their skills and talents.

Tom explained that the Masters programmes at City continue to evolve to provide students with the skills they need in modern newsrooms.

“City University London’s journalism programmes offer cutting-edge skills training at both undergraduate and postgraduate level,” he said. “Increasingly, we are moving toward more and more digital skills training as part of our efforts to assure the quality of our graduates.

“All students have opportunities to undertake multimedia journalism, social media and data journalism training as part of their programme of study at City. This will, we believe, future proof our graduates and equip them with the right balance of skills and learning to ensure they are job ready when they graduate.”
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