Helping Students become Professional Practitioners

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In conversation with:

Mark Barden, Course Leader BA (Hons) Sports Journalism.
Teaching and learning themes: communities of practice; easing the move from ‘student’ to ‘professional practitioner’; how Sports Journalism students develop and showcase their practice.
Course name / level: BA (Hons) Sports Journalism.
College: London College of Communication (LCC).
Student Numbers: approximately 20 per year; around 60 in total.
Digital Spaces used and discussed: myblog.arts (UAL’s teaching and learning blogging platform);  ‘Elephant Sport’ Website.

Key Quotes:  “our students’) aspiration is to become media professionals within the sports environment” … “Love of and a real passion for sport is the common currency everyone who comes on to the course should “( have” … “…it’s a very vocational course. It is actually pretty competitive out there … and the ones that ‘buy in’ to the course really get that” … “I come to it from a very practice based background. I’m here to impart my experience and knowledge of how to do the job – with the team and guest speakers” … “It’s their (students’) site; they’re responsible for filling it with good quality sports journalism – whether that’s written, video, podcasts – and we want them to be proud of it … ” … “One of the messages we try to impart – it’s all about standing out – making yourself stand out!” … “(with ‘Elephant Sport’) as in the professional media environment you will have people checking through your work, sub-editing it, helping you to make it better and helping you to become a better sports journalist through that process” … “two of my students this year went off together up to Birmingham to interview the British Middleweight Champion who’s just about to fight for a World Title … they came back with a very good video package … and it will look fantastic in their portfolio!” … “… it’s about the work (students) do – so that when they come out of the course at the end of the final year … they’ve got work they can show off and be proud of!”

John Jackson

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