Journalism’s version of Glastonbury a resounding success.

Stories about muggings, phone hacking arrests, press regulation and TV studio presenting were among the highlights of  Journalism Week 2013.

An array of top speakers from national websites, newspapers, television and radio delivered insights into their professions and the technologies and techniques they use.

Sky Sports presenter Jeff Stelling speaking at Leeds Trinity's Journalism Week

Sky Sports presenter Jeff Stelling speaking at Leeds Trinity’s Journalism Week

They included former tabloid editor Neil Wallis, who was arrested in the phone hacking scandal. He praised the fifth annual event at Leeds Trinity University.

“Best wishes to #LTJW as it continues its highly successful week of top-notch journalism events – a model for other universities to follow,” he tweeted.

Calendar News presenters Christine Talbot and Duncan Wood host a workshop in Trinity's TV studio

Calendar News presenters Christine Talbot and Duncan Wood host a workshop in Trinity’s TV studio

And ITV Yorkshire news anchor Duncan Wood, who hosted a TV presenting master-class with his colleague Christine Talbot, said: “Coming to Leeds Trinity University and seeing the quality of the facilities the students are working with is just like walking into any professional broadcasting centre in the country, and to be honest the equipment is better than some professional organisations have!”

Other high-profile speakers included Sky Sports presenter Jeff Stelling, ITV News at Ten anchorman Mark Austin and BBC Radio 1 Newsbeat reporter Nomia Iqbal.

ITV News anchor Mark Austin with television tutor Katherine Blair

ITV News at Ten anchor Mark Austin with television tutor Katherine Blair

Catherine O’Connor, head of Trinity’s Centre for Journalism, said: “The reaction from students has been absolutely fabulous, they’ve been buzzing with excitement.

“They’ve had really important messages from people in industry about what’s happening out there right now, but more importantly about what they need to do to get jobs.

“Once again the event has been a resounding success.”

Student Tom Feaheny said: “Journalism Week has been a fantastic experience for everyone, from first years who are just getting into the course, to second years like me who have just come back from work placement, and also to third years who are trying to get a job at the end of the course. Some of the advice that has been given will certainly help them with that.”

Trainee journalists enjoy the speakers at Leeds Trinity's fifth annual event

Trainees enjoy the speakers at Leeds Trinity’s fifth annual Journalism Week

The four-day event ended with the launch of a journalism Alumni Association by former student Danny Savage, the BBC’s north of England correspondent.

It aims to give students the chance to link up with, network with and learn from those established in their careers.

ITV Granada correspondent Rachel Townsend, who studied post graduate broadcast journalism, said: “I really enjoyed coming back and talking to the students at Leeds Trinity, they were lovely and asked some really good questions.”

Explore this website for full coverage of all the sessions and links to videos of the entire talks.

To see more photos from Journalism Week 2013 click here.

And to see a roundup of some of the tweets and blogs from the week click here.



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