Verbal welcomes Angelina Fusco

The Verbal School of Journalism is delighted to be welcoming one of Northern Ireland’s most experienced journalists this weekend.

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Angelina Fusco, former Head of TV News at BBC Northern Ireland, will be guest speaker at a special event for budding young journalists at the Verbal Arts Centre on Saturday.

The participants will be young people who attended the recent Peace Correspondents Summer Scheme funded by the Office of the First Minister and Deputy First Minister (OFMDFM) and the Education Authority.

The Peace Correspondents will be interviewing the guest speaker at a press conference organised as part of a follow-up day to their summer scheme.

The week-long summer scheme was facilitated by well-known journalists Sarah Travers and Bernie Mullen, who are also tutors at the Verbal School of Journalism and will lead Saturday’s session.

Angelina Fusco, who helps individuals and organisations get their message across in the media, traditional and digital platforms, was Head of TV News at BBC Northern Ireland until June 2013. She spent more than 30 years as a journalist with the BBC and was Editor of its IFTA award-winning flagship BBC Newsline programme for 15 years, delivering live programmes and special half-hour documentaries.

In 2010, Angelina was Programme Leader of the Editorial Leadership Foundation at the BBC’s College of Journalism in London. In 2012 she was awarded an Ochberg Fellowship by the Dart Centre for Journalism & Trauma at Columbia University in New York. Its programmes allow senior journalists to deepen their knowledge of emotional trauma and psychological injury, while improving the quality of reporting on violence, conflict and tragedy.

She has been a visiting professional to the journalism schools at Boston College, North Eastern, North Western and Iowa universities in the USA.

Angelina began her career as a reporter with the Irish News in Belfast. She now works as an independent consultant, helping individuals and groups tell their stories more effectively and helps with communication and engagement with audiences.

Angelina has delivered training workshops for clients in Northern Ireland, Dublin, London and Doha. She is member of the board of Tourism NI and the NI Committee of the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Andrea Doran, Director of Programming and Learning at the Verbal Arts Centre, said: "We are delighted to have a journalist of the calibre of Angelina Fusco as our guest speaker on Saturday.  As former Head of TV News at BBC Northern Ireland, Angelina has many years of experience in all aspects of journalism, and has represented the profession in various leadership roles in Ireland, the UK and United States.

"Our recent summer scheme at the Verbal School of Journalism, created an opportunity for young people in the city to become peace correspondents and to have their voices heard, learning new skills from a team of experienced industry experts and looking closely at issues which affect their futures.

"We are really looking forward to Angelina sharing her knowledge and expertise with the young Peace Correspondents as they conclude what has been a very enjoyable and beneficial programme."

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