Students learn from leading lights of North-East media

Released: Friday 2nd November 2012 at 10:42

MEDIA executives, journalists, and TV producers shared their pearls of wisdom to University of Sunderland students this week.

Taking place at the Quayside Exchange, Sunderland, final year and Masters students attended an event that gives them a chance to meet the region’s media professionals.

It is the seventh year that the event has taken place. This year’s theme focused on employment, and aims to set up current students with contacts for work placements and possible employment once they have graduated.

Previous students, from this country and abroad, have cited Movers & Shakers as one of the most important components of their courses. They have really enjoyed networking with, and taking inspiration from, the North East’s leading lights.


The night allows students to discuss their career prospects, their ambitions and how best to approach people in the industry for future employment.


Graeme Thompson, Dean of Arts, Design and Media at the University, said: “For students wanting to work in media it is an absolute must, as a lot of jobs don’t get advertised these days, and a lot of employers take on their journalists, their producers, their runners, based on people that they’ve met or know. Coming to an event like this enables you to meet a lot of potential employers and show them the confidence you have and showcase your abilities. It’s a great networking opportunity.

“It’s very important that the students at the University have events like this to help them make the essential contacts as well as the academic work that they do day in day out, to make them employable for when they graduate.”