The fifth annual Journalism Week will host an impressive array of journalists that includes Sky Sports presenter Jeff Stelling and ITV news anchor Mark Austin.

The event, which runs from February 25 to 28 will also put the spotlight on Leeds Trinity University’s successful alumni, who take their place in a line-up of high profile journalists to share their insight into today’s journalism industry.

ITV’s Rachel Townsend and the BBC’s Nomia Iqbal and Danny Savage, all Leeds Trinity alumni, will share their tips on how to succeed in the industry alongside.

The week will also culminate with the launch of Leeds Trinity University’s Alumni Association, created to draw on the success that so many Leeds Trinity journalism graduates have achieved.

The network will let graduates share experiences, expertise and professional development tips with other graduates and journalism students through events and an online magazine. The network will also enable students and alumni to access funding to support business start-ups and support mentoring projects.

Head of journalism Catherine O’Connor said Leeds Trinity University has a track record of producing successful, award winning journalists, helped by its industry-focused approach to teaching. Through initiatives such as Journalism Week, which is designed to give students access to leading industry professionals, students are able to gain industry perspectives, up-to-date insight on industry developments and tips for getting into the industry as they study.

Journalism Week is one of the most anticipated events on the Leeds Trinity University calendar, giving budding journalists the opportunity to listen to, work with, network and learn from a wide range of industry professionals each year.

Over the years Journalism Week has established a reputation for bringing some of the key figures in the the industry to Leeds, such as BBC head of news Helen Boaden, Guardian editor Alan Rusbridger and Channel 4 News presenter Jon Snow.

This year, keynote speeches will feature on the opening and closing days of Journalism Week, and on the Tuesday and Wednesday there will also be a series of interactive workshops covering many aspects of journalism, the media and marketing, with a focus on the impact that new technology is having across the industry.

Visit to find a full programme and links to twitter, live video streaming and blogging throughout the week.

Leeds Trinity University’s Centre for Journalism
Leeds Trinity’s Centre for Journalism has a long-standing and enviable reputation for vocational training, industry-relevant studies and cutting edge academic research. It offers both undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in Journalism, with post graduate journalism programmes accredited by the NCTJ and the BJTC.

An award-winning department, Richard Horsman, Associate Principal Lecturer in Journalism holds the 2012 BBC Achievement Award in the fourth annual BBC North Education Partnership Awards. The Centre also won the BBC Journalism Award in 2009 and 2011. Students and alumni also regularly win awards, the most recent being ​Joe Cooper, a recent print journalism post-graduate student who was awarded Student Journalist of the Year 2012 by the National Council for the Training of Journalists.


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