Young journalists celebrate remarkable BBC hat-trick

Friday 10 July 2015
Left to right: Emilia Mincheva, Rebekah Dewhurst and Amber Haque.

The University of Salford is celebrating a remarkable hat-trick after three of its students scooped coveted places on the BBC’s flagship training programme.

Postgraduates Amber Haque and Rebekah Dewhurst along with undergraduate, Emilia Mincheva beat off stiff competition to each secure one of only 14 places being offered this year on the broadcaster’s prestigious Journalism Trainee Scheme

Paul Broster, the University’s Associate Director of Journalism, said: “For our students to win almost a quarter of the places available on the BBC training scheme this year is remarkable. For many, these are journalism’s golden tickets.

“We are enormously proud of the achievements of all our students who have gone on to secure jobs in a wide range of prestigious media organisations. It underlines how the University of Salford is providing the sort of training that media businesses like the BBC really value.”

The University of Salford’s Journalism Department is based in the heart of MediaCityUK alongside BBC North which is the home of a range of high profile broadcasts including BBC Sport, 5Live, Breakfast and CBeebies. The Salford Quays complex in Greater Manchester is also home to a wealth of other media outlets such as ITV Granada.

Emilia, Rebekah and Amber were among thousands of people to apply for the BBC Journalism Training Scheme. They underwent a series of tests and interviews before being chosen. They will now spend 11 months working in different departments with a view to securing a permanent job.

Emilia, 22, who moved from Bulgaria three years ago to study at the University of Salford where she has just achieved a first class honours bachelor’s degree, said: “I’m so excited, I’m really looking forward to it. I remember when I first arrived at the university I looked at the BBC buildings all around us at MediaCity and dreamed of working there – and now I am.”

Rebekah, also 22, from Widnes, will be based on Tyneside during her traineeship which commences when she completes her MA in journalism. She added: “It’s fantastic. The University of Salford really gave me the opportunity to be taught by real journalists to learn the skills and attitudes the industry really wants.”

Fellow postgraduate Amber, 23, from Manchester, said: "Back in September when I started my course at Salford University, becoming a staff member and an in-house journalist across the road at the BBC felt like a distant dream. But the rigour, discipline and determination which I've developed over my studies and training at Salford University have now made that dream a reality and I can't wait to take on the challenges of the working world with the invaluable skills I've learnt over the past few months from an exceptional team of staff."

Previous BBC Journalism Trainee Scheme graduates include newsreader Huw Edwards, Radio 2 presenter Jeremy Vine and The Office co-creator Stephen Merchant.