Newsroom culture

The best way for you to learn journalism is to go out and be a journalist. Talk to real people about real stories. And publish them in newspapers and magazines, and on television, radio and websites.
Centre for Journalism Newsroom

Tour our Newsroom

The Centre for Journalism was created and is staffed by working journalists with decades of experience at the highest level of newspaper, television, radio and online newsrooms. So from the outset, we designed the Centre to replicate those environments. That meant building newsrooms with state-of-the art hardware and software, wire feeds from the Press Association, and satellite feeds from Reuters World News.

A busy newsroom in the Centre for Journalism

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Our three newsrooms are open to journalism students 24 hours a day, seven days a week. They are equipped with Apple Mac workstations running software including Adobe Creative Cloud (InDesign, Photoshop, Audition, Illustrator, After Effects and much more); Final Cut X, and Microsoft Office suite.

We have two radio studios equipped with ISDN lines, full mixing desks, playout facilities and telephone balancing units. Our TV teaching studio allows students to run all aspects of a television news production: vision mixing, autocue, sound and playout.

But newsroom culture is about much more than equipment. It’s about thinking as a journalist from the beginning of the day until the end.

That’s why we start each morning – as all newsrooms do – with a news conference, examining the day’s news agenda from different angles and perspectives, and planning how we would cover the day’s stories for different platforms.

So as your day unfolds - whether you’re working on assignments, practising shorthand, discussing issues in a seminar, or taking part in a full news day – you always have the journalism output at the heart of your thinking.

In turn, it means that when it comes to working in a real newsroom – as you will on your guaranteed work placement – you’ll be prepared to hit the ground running.