If your interest lies in the media, or you are considering a career in that area, we offer a multitude of opportunities to gain experience across all manner of communications.
Many of our students are involved in writing, editing and produce their own college magazines, such as Simply Red at Queen’s-based Stephenson or Wood Words at Durham-based Collingwood.
Hold the front page
Writers can try their hand at reporting for the award-winning Durham Students’ Union newspaper, Palatinate. Published every fortnight, this ever-popular student title also has an online TV channel, offering the chance to gain valuable broadcasting experience. Budding journalists can follow in the footsteps of George Alagiah or Jeremy Vine, previous editors of Palatinate.
Durham alumni who have gone on to careers in journalism include George Alagiah and Jeremy Vine (both former Palatinate editors), sports presenters Mark Pougatch and Gabby Logan and Radio 5 Live presenter Shelagh Fogarty.
Submissions are always welcome for student news and magazine websites, including durham21 and The Bubble. These online magazines offer opportunities for new writers to contribute across a wide range of subjects from politics to television. The sheer range of activity going on within our student community and the surrounding area makes it a bloggers’ paradise; there is always something to blog about.
Purple Radio, the student-run radio station, broadcasts 24 hours a day, seven days a week during term-time with a varied programme of music and news live from Durham Students’ Union. Purple Radio is coming off the back of its best year yet with record listener figures and involvement. Purple Radio provides opportunities to get involved with all aspects of radio production, from DJing, producing and broadcast journalism to technical and marketing roles.
Did you know…
…Purple Radio was in the Top 6 in the country for Best Station and Best Station Sound and Marketing in the Student Radio Awards 2012.
I remember Durham with huge fondness and gratitude. Even while I was there I think I understood what a privilege it was to spend three energetic years in such a beautiful place.George Alagiah, Presenter, BBC News and BBC World News (BA Politics, Van Mildert College, 1978)