Why Should You Worked With Student Media?

Whether you’re studying journalism or media, or you’re an aspiring astrophysicist looking for an interesting hobby, student media could be for you. So whether you’re a soon-to-be Fresher or a returning student looking to get involved with something new, look no further.

Chances are your university probably already has a student media group on campus, whether that’s a newspaper, magazine, blog, radio, or TV station – and if it doesn’t, start one! There are plenty of options available; some student media groups are part of the Students’ Union and others are run independently; some are entirely student led, while others have paid staff members. Once you start looking, you’re sure to find plenty of students with similar interests and the support to get things started.

For those who are interested in the media industry, you’ll get the opportunity to gain hands-on experience and a range of skills, including writing, editing, presenting, filming and more. Alongside your degree you could find yourself producing a newspaper, hosting live on the radio, or presenting a TV show.

Dan Lewis, Station Manager at Crush Radio, said: “Student radio is an amazing opportunity to get into the broadcasting industry. It allows for you to get your voice heard, learn how to create and produce a live show, and helps improve your communication skills.”

My student media story

Personally, I had always had a passion for journalism and joined student media as soon as I started university. I began writing for our student newspaper and magazine, and worked my way up through sub-editor positions, before taking on the role of Print Editor in my final year.

If I’m honest I probably spent more time with student media than I did with my degree – that’s how much I loved it. I would recommend the opportunity to anyone. There aren’t many other people who can say they produced a fortnightly newspaper, redesigned a student magazine, who have edited hundreds of articles, sourced photos, designed pages, and run a website, before they have even graduated. My experience helps me to stand out from the competition in the highly competitive journalism job market.

Connecting with the industry

Being a part of student media not only connects you within your university, but there are national bodies that bring together groups around the country. These include the Student Radio Association (SRA), The National Student Television Association (NaSTA) and Student Publication Association (SPA). These groups provide advice, training, and host local and national conferences.

Current Chair of the Student Publication Association, Jem Collins, said: “The best thing about student media is its massive impact, not just on the people who help to produce it, but on the wider student community. Quality student publications help to inform, educate and entertain a whole campus, as well as immeasurably improve the wider student experience.”

As a new year at university approaches, now is the time to make the most of your degree experience. This is your chance to grab every possible opportunity and to make a difference, not only for yourself but also for other students. There’s a powerful potential behind student media, and everyone should give it a shot!