Job tips for young journalists at Leeds Trinity

By Alex Rhodes

Dave Betts

Dave Betts

Journalism is regarded as one of the toughest industries to gain employment so students at Leeds Trinity University will be looking for tips when the managing editor of Sky News visits during Journalism Week next Wednesday.

Latest estimates from the Office for National Statistics indicate that the number of people out of work fell by 125,000 to 2.34 million in the three months to December. However in 2010 the Higher Education Careers Services Unit stated that those who studied media face the highest rate of unemployment amongst university leavers.

As managing editor, Dave Betts oversees all recruitment, training and staffing at Sky News and so is in a good position to tell students how to beat the statistics and make it in the often cut-throat world of broadcast journalism.

Television lecturer at Leeds Trinity, Lindsay Eastwood, 41, said: “Journalism and media is extremely competitive, each job usually attracts hundreds, if not thousands, of applicants.

Lindsay added: “This is a fantastic opportunity for students to hear what qualities Dave Betts looks for in new recruits.”

Dave has also had extensive experience in the newsroom itself. Starting as a reporter for Hull’s Viking FM in 1989, he has also worked for Yorkshire TV, Reuters, GMTV and various BBC outlets. He re-joined Sky in 2007.

Sky News was the UK’s first 24 hour news channel and now reaches 107 million homes across the world. However members of its staff have had their share of controversial incidents, including broadcaster Kay Burley’s infamous interview with Australian singer, Peter Andre.

Dave is just one of the guest speakers visiting Leeds Trinity as part of this year’s Journalism Week. Other speakers including BBC presenter Gabby Logan, the Last Leg’s Alex Brooker and the UK editor of Buzzfeed, Luke Lewis.

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