A group of our Year 9 students were honoured and excited to have the opportunity to learn about the world of journalism from Richard Sargent, alumnus and video journalist who has worked for Sky News, BBC and, most recently, the news agency Agence France-Presse in Paris.
Richard Sargent very generously gave up his time to support our students and gave a talk which outlined his career to date and how he developed his career in video journalism. The presentation was part of our careers education programme as it links the study of English Language to working in journalism. Students were very engaged and found the talk inspiring.
Tom Grigg, student, said: “I really enjoyed meeting the journalist; it was fun to find out about the different places you can go and things you can do as a journalist. I didn’t know that most news sites don’t gather most of the footage and information they produce and instead get the stories from a distributor/middle-man. Journalism seems like a really interesting job and I’d love to be able to travel the world documenting important stories, I’m actually quite envious of the ability to do that.”
Richard also met with a group of Year 12 students who are interested in journalism. He provided advice and guidance on entry to the profession. Students appreciated this input and support and it was a good opportunity to meet with an industry specialist.
Richard is embarking on his teaching career in September through the Teach First scheme, teaching French at a school in Bristol. We wish him every success.
Ms Mannion. Careers Leader, concluded: “Richard kindly spent time with groups of students and he had put in a lot of preparation which included some of his own videos. He had also created an activity for Year 9 around how different type of newspapers report news stories. Students had to use skills in analysis and evaluation which challenged their thinking and they clearly enjoyed the debate.”