Tuesday, 15 July 2014
A University of Worcester Journalism student has been making the most of his summer break by gaining valuable experience at the BBC.
Joshua Godfrey, who will begin the third year of his BA Joint Honours Journalism and Politics course in September, beat off stiff competition to earn a four-week work placement at the corporation’s MediaCity UK base in Salford.
He explains: “It was an awesome experience - I worked at BBC Radio Manchester, Radio 5Live and BBC Breakfast. I was treated as a freelance journalist at 5Live, where I worked on the Victoria Derbyshire programme.
“I helped research original stories, booked guests to appear on the show and wrote cues and questions.”
19 year-old Josh, from Evesham, who is already a familiar voice on Gloucestershire community station Radio Winchcombe, is now freelancing at BBC Hereford and Worcester after taking up a work placement opportunity.
He continues: “The Journalism course has helped me prepare for these work placements. The broadcasting module was key and having to go out and interview people enabled me to gain more confidence.
“All of this experience will help me when I go for a permanent job in that environment as I will have a good idea of the workload and about the importance of time management.”
Claire Wolfe, Subject leader in Journalism, added: “Josh has really impressed us with his drive and commitment. He has gained in confidence and has the right attitude and skills to be successful.”