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What It’s Like Studying Beside the BBC?

25 April 2024
Two Central Square published on January 4, 2020 by Lisa Baker under the Unsplash License
Two Central Square published on January 4, 2020 by Lisa Baker under the Unsplash License

Hey there, future Cardiff University students! Ever wondered what it’s like to study right next to one of the biggest names in media? Well, if you’re diving into the vibrant world of journalism, media, and culture at Cardiff Uni’s renowned School of Journalism, Media and Culture, get ready for a unique experience! Trust me, it’s not just about lectures and textbooks – it’s about diving headfirst into an industry playground, right from day one.

Getting Close to the Action: Cardiff’s Perfect Spot

Alright, let’s talk about our spot at No. 2 Central Square – it’s basically the heart of Cardiff’s media scene, and guess what? We’re right next door to the BBC Cymru/Wales. And it’s not just the BBC – think ITV Wales, S4C, Wales Online and a whole array of media outlets calling Cardiff home. How cool is that? But hey, it’s not just about bragging rights; being in this buzzing hub means we’re plugged into the action 24/7. Think about it: you step out of class, and boom, you’re surrounded by media giants. And you know what that means for us? It means we’re not just learning from textbooks; we’re soaking up real-world experiences every single day. Plus, being this close to major players in the industry opens up doors like you wouldn’t believe. From internships to networking opportunities, our location is like our secret weapon for boosting our career prospects. So yeah, buckle up, because your journey at Cardiff Uni is about to get seriously exciting!

Diving into Resources: Cardiff’s Rich Offerings

Okay, let’s move to the goldmine of resources waiting for you at our School of Journalism, Media, and Culture. Seriously, it’s like being a kid in a candy store! First off, we’ve got these killer expert lectures happening all the time – think industry professionals dropping knowledge bombs right in our laps. And get this: internships are practically falling from the sky. Our close ties with big names like the BBC mean you’re not just getting coffee; you’re getting hands-on experience that sets you apart in the job market. Plus, our faculty? They’re not just teachers; they’re mentors, cheerleaders, and career guides all rolled into one.

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My Cardiff Experience

Alright, let me spill the beans on what it’s really like to study at Cardiff University’s School of Journalism, Media, and Culture. First off, picture this: our campus isn’t just conveniently located next to the BBC – it’s practically the heart of the city, with Cardiff Central train station just a stone’s throw away. So you will never miss any interview. And when it comes to our teaching team, let me tell you, they’re the real deal. I’ve had the privilege of interviewing industry heavyweights like Professor Richard Tait, former editor at ITV, and our lecture guru, Dr. Janet Harris? Yeah, she’s been there, done that as a BBC war correspondent. But here’s the kicker: our coursework isn’t just theory – it’s hands-on, boots-on-the-ground stuff. Like, in our first semester of International Journalism, we dive headfirst into mock press conferences, pounding the pavement as reporters, pitching stories, and writing news articles. Second semester? We switch gears, taking turns as reporters and editors, even dipping our toes into the world of podcast production. It’s not just about learning; it’s about living and breathing journalism, right here in the heart of Cardiff.

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