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Pupils inspired at media & journalism event

More than 40 pupils, parents and staff attended an inspiring careers evening at Stonar to learn more about the exciting and dynamic world of broadcast media and journalism.

There were two talks by highly successful business, media and journalism speakers – David Tinney and Paul Deal.

David Tinney is Head of Projects, Broadcast Services at BSkyB, the most successful new television company in recent years. He is also author of 'The Advanced Power State – To Make you Successful in Life' (2010) and also 'Transforming Your Risk Management Approach'.

Paul Deal talked about his 15 years editing newspapers, most recently the Chronicle in Bath, before joining BBC News in the Radio Newsroom at Broadcasting House in London. Paul wrote the news for Radios 2, 3, 4 and 5 Live and occasionally read the headlines on 5 Live. He edited bulletins in the Today programme and programmes such as Morning Reports on 5 Live. In 2006 he developed an award-winning work experience scheme for BBC News and helped to devise and launch the BBC's Journalism Trainee Scheme before becoming manager of its Journalism Talent Pool. He worked as a reporter and writer for BBC News Online. Paul gave pupils his top tips for breaking into the competitive media industry and emphasized the need to make the most of opportunities, including creating your own opportunities.

As well as speaking to Senior pupils, David Tinney gave a talk to Prep School pupils on how satellite television works. Mr Tinney provoked the children’s curiosity and was highly informative when explaining how television is transmitted from source to our television sets.  Science is a very popular subject in the Prep School and the children’s enthusiasm was certainly on show with some intelligent questions and high levels of interest.

Liberty Nichols (Year 12) said 'this was an interesting and inspiring careers evening which made me realize that it is not hard as you think to be successful in media and journalism so long as you have the drive, commitment and enthusiasm for working with people and networking.

Anthony Curtis, Head of Careers, said 'this was an excellent careers event which showed our pupils what can be achieved with hard work, dedication and commitment to a career in media and journalism. David and Paul gave very similar key messages and it was fascinating to listen to senior role models from the BSkyB and the BBC presenting together in this way. I was also very impressed with the quality of questions from both prep school pupils earlier in the day to David's satellite workshops and our senior school pupils for both speakers'.



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