University Of Cumbria Journalism

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University Of Cumbria Journalism

A journalism student at the University of Cumbria who started a magazine and website showcasing student talent has been awarded an UnLtd social enterprise grant to further his idea.

Social Entrepreneur Jack Stride, from Sutton Coldfield, was awarded just under £3000 after successfully applying for a ‘Do It’ Award to fund Campus, a project he came up with in his final year of studies.

“Campus is a way of celebrating the talent at University of Cumbria,” says Jack, 20. “It gives exposure to the exciting and inspirational work done by past and present students and promotes them to future employers. It’s a very exciting initiative.”

Stories for the magazine and website are sourced and written by a team of journalism students and will form an impressive portfolio for those involved.

“Programme leader of journalism, visual and written media, Tony Randall, was really keen on the idea from the start,” Jack says. “We all use skills and techniques we have learnt from our time at university and the magazine is the perfect place to see our work in practice.”

The articles are put online and in an e-edition magazine, but Jack thinks it is still important the magazine be put out as a hard copy: “By printing Campus we will achieve a substantially larger audience and more people can see the success of the students and the magazine.

“When someone who is featured in a story goes for an interview, or when one of the journalists who wrote for the magazine applies for a job, they can handover a copy of Campus and say ‘This is what I can do’. The magazine has so many social benefits.”

Campus is a social enterprise which will support graduates who develop enterprising and entrepreneurial skills by showcasing their achievements and will assist in raising their profile to help with future graduate employment prospects. Income generated will be reinvested back into the business to support the long term sustainability. Furthermore the magazine will inspire other students by helping them to realize that they too can undertake these exciting additional activities whilst at the University of Cumbria and of course there is lots of help and support available!