Journalism students at University of East London meet ITV newsreader

Journalism students at UEL Pictured are (left to right) Charlene White, Sian Trimble-Davey, Charlie

Journalism students at UEL Pictured are (left to right) Charlene White, Sian Trimble-Davey, Charlie Bennett, Alina Kay, Michell Soares and Jack Giordmaina, get career advice from ITV news anchor Charlene White - Credit: Archant

Journalism students at the University of East London received career advice from ITN newsreader Charlene White.

Ms White, who presents weekend bulletins for ITV News and ITV News London, spoke to the budding reporters about the joys and challenges of television news.

The students were set a brief to design a six-story running order for various news programmes and then write 45-second introductions for a lead story and deliver them to camera.

Charles Lambert, UEL’s senior journalism lecturer, said Ms White’s story of working two jobs while building contacts in TV news amazed the students.

He added: “It clearly made a massive impact on our journalists of the future.”

Gerard Gillen, a third-year journalism student at UEL, said: “It was really useful to have someone from the media come to talk to us about their experiences.”

Sports journalism student Sian Trimble-Davey, also in her third year, added: “She was really friendly and down-to-earth. It was a really interesting session.”

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Ms White said: “It was great working with the students at UEL. They were passionate and really eager to learn.”

For more visit uel.ac.uk/study/courses/journalism.