Journalism students writing for professional newspaper

University of Salford journalism students are working together to produce two pages of news every week in the Salford Advertiser.

In a new collaborative project with M.E.N. Media, students from MA Journalism, BA Journalism and BA Journalism and English are working directly with the Advertiser's editorial team to dig out stories across the city.

The initiative sees students pitch ideas, write stories, see their work published and receive feedback. They also undergo placements at the Advertiser's offices.

Paul Broster, Programme Leader for MA Journalism, said: "It is a great opportunity for students to work directly with professionals while studying at Salford, developing their craft as journalists, enhancing their profile and employability but also engaging with the community."

Cassandra Ward, a final year student on BA Journalism, is the project's news editor.

She said: "The Salford Advertiser project gives University of Salford students the opportunity to build our portfolios and have our work published and read by thousands of people.

“Having our work printed in the Advertiser makes a valuable contribution to our applications for internships and work placements, as media organisations often ask us for examples of published work.

“We also receive constructive feedback on all our submissions from Bethan Dorsett, the editor, which is invaluable towards developing us as journalists and sharpening our writing skills, helping us to create professional and engaging journalism. “

Advertiser editor Bethan Dorsett added: "The project allows students to gain an insight into the role of a local news reporter.

"Each week, they are asked to file a range of stories on a variety of subjects and provide eyecatching images to draw the reader's attention to their own dedicated page.

"In addition, student Cassandra Ward takes on the crucial role of a news editor, checking copy to ensure it is complete, accurate and safe to publish.

"The project has already proved a great success, allowing aspiring journalists to gain valuable work experience, boost their CVs and in some cases gain employment, while allowing the city's students a voice in their newspaper."