In an effort to take on more journalism students at their Hastings Campus, the University of Brighton has spent millions to provide a brand new sport journalism newsroom following increased demands.
Renowned former Royal Correspondent for ITV, BBC journalist and Railway enthusiast Nicholas Owen was at the University of Brighton for the opening ceremony last week, talking to students of all courses and years.
Sports Journalism students were particularly eager to meet and interview Owen, who officially declared their new newsroom open last Wednesday. In his talk, Owen claimed that he took most opportunities that were provided throughout his career, advising: “If a door is a quarter open, always go through it – there is nothing worse than having regrets.”
Currently, there are under 60 Multimedia Broadcast Journalism students populating the Hastings campus. The economy of the local seaside town, which ranked 13th place on this years’ Index of Multiple Deprivation, worse than its' ranking in 2010, could benefit from tripling their student rates at the introduction of the new course.
After the opening ceremony, Student Ambassador Helen Westgarth spoke about the necessity for the newsroom, claiming that: “When I was working on registration, I noticed an increased demand for Sports Journalism at Hastings Campus.”
During its’ planning, which has taken under a year, Paul Frost, Hastings Campus Director was interviewed about the newsroom saying: “It will be a little bit like the BBC when you see into the newsroom”.