Thursday, 10 May 2012
After little more than five days of work experience, a Journalism student from the University of Worcester found himself sitting face-to-face with leader of the opposition Ed Miliband.
While working at Touch FM, news broke that Ed Miliband was making a low-key, surprise visit to Rugby to talk about the future of engineering with local tradesmen and a handful of apprentices and students from the local area. Student Dan Malin was sent straight out to the college where Mr Miliband was giving his talk and interviewed him for the radio station.
At this stage nerves began to kick in and these were not aided when Dan found himself lost in Rugby unable to find the location with little more than 10 minutes until Ed Miliband was due to arrive. However, after some panicked map reading Dan arrived ready to talk to one of the most influential men in the country.
With just one other journalist there, Dan was made to wait for his interview and when he finally sat down with the leader of the opposition, he said nerves again kicked in and he was bullied out of the interview by the more experienced journalist.
However, he was not to be outdone and soon muscled his way back in with a series of polite, yet firm, requests for his fair share of the opportunity and he capitalised on moments of hesitation with quick questions.
Dan, from Stourbridge, who is in year two of the BA (Hons) Journalism course, said: “It was an amazing day”.
After an extensive line of questioning, Dan had got all he needed and Mr Miliband was ushered out of the building and on to his next appointment.
Dan said: “I came out, got in the car and could finally exhale after a hugely surreal hour and a half which I will remember for the rest of my life.”
He followed this up an hour later with an interview with Tony Blair’s former political adviser Alastair Campbell.
Claire Wolfe, Subject Leader in Journalism, said: “We encourage our students to get work experience from the minute they start on the course and this just demonstrates what an exciting learning curve that can be.
“Dan has been back to Touch FM since and is rapidly developing his skills both on the job and with facilities here at the University.”