Mass Communications student rises to challenge

12 March 2019

Final year BA(Hons) Mass Communications student Naomi Nwaokoru got more than she bargained for when she contacted the Office of the Vice Chancellor (OVC) at the University of Hertfordshire.

As part of her Journalism Skills: Portfolio module, Naomi had to compose a news story, and she came up with the idea of writing about the impact of Brexit on the university.

When she emailed the OVC hoping for a quick quote, she was instead invited in for a personal interview with the Vice Chancellor, Quintin McKellar, who shared his thoughts on the likely and possible changes Brexit could bring about.

"It was a great opportunity for Naomi," said Philip Cowan, her Journalism tutor.

"Speaking to important people can be nerve-wracking, but she very much rose to the challenge.

"Afterwards, we worked through her news story and used her audio recording of the interview to form a credible article. She had asked the right questions and got a good record of the interview, so I was able to help her write something solid and accurate.

"It is great that the senior management at the university take such a friendly and supportive approach to student and their studies. I think they like to lead by example, to show that supporting students is the UH way."

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