Verbal School of Journalism shortlisted for Award

The Verbal School of Journalism (VSJ) has been shortlisted for the prestigious Irish News Workplace and Employment Awards 2015, under the Career Inspiration category. 

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The winners across nine categories will be announced at a gala dinner in Titanic Belfast on June 17, compered by Karen Patterson of the BBC.

Leona O’Neill, Head of Verbal School of Journalism said: “The Verbal School of Journalism is really going from strength to strength. We will have some 150 students studying Journalism, both A-Level and GCSE, with us in September.

“We have very close ties with all the local media and throughout the term VSJ taps into the expertise of Northern Irish and worldwide media figures – from press officers to news reporters to graphic designers – to learn how best to carve out an exciting career in the media world.

“This year we have had master classes with the Guardian's Henry McDonald, UTV's Gareth Wilkinson and Letitia Fitzpatrick, the BBC's Paddy O'Flaherty and reporters from the Sun, the New York Times, Sky News and Irish Times, opening up firm communication and mentoring networks for future careers.

“Our students learn at the coalface of local media through work experience.
We have arranged placements at the Guardian, UTV Live, the BBC, NME as well as the regional media here in Derry, gaining crucial work experience, building an impressive CV and forging good relationships with the leaders in the industry.


“Our students learn through doing. We are not restricted to the classrooms. Their heads are not stuck in books. They are out covering the news and sport in our city; attending press launches, events and concerts, interviewing; writing as real journalists in the media. They are recognised as the voice of their generation.


“Our students leaving us this year are destined for Journalism courses in the UK and in Europe, to continue their studies. We will continue to inspire the next generation of young journalists into worthwhile and fulfilling careers in the media.”

The Career Inspiration award is open to businesses in all sectors, schools/colleges or a partnership of both. The award will focus on key strategic partnerships between business and educational organisations and look at what steps they are taking (individually or jointly) to enable young people to achieve the critical initial steps towards their career ambitions.

This award also aims to recognise businesses and/or schools that have identified inspiring initiatives to develop the mindset of young people or students to fully explore career opportunities open to them.

There are nine categories up for grabs in this year’s Irish News Workplace and Employment Awards, covering all the key areas of workplace.

Irish News marketing manager John Brolly said: "The entry process alone allows companies to review their strategy and benchmark their performance.

"We believe it is a very strong marketing tool in today's competitive environment to set the winning organisation apart as people are the most important resource we have."


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