5 December 2011
One of the country's biggest magazine employers - the IPC, has heaped praise on Bournemouth University graduates.
Emma Scattergood, senior lecturer in Bournemouth University's media school met last week with Simone Amohanga, head of Learning and Development at IPC who has been masterminding their editorial training scheme for the past five years.
"We currently have three Bournemouth graduates on the scheme there, each of them on an 18 month placements working across three different brands at IPC including MarieClaire, Nuts and Look - and Simone was full of praise for their work and their attitude." said Emma.
Simone described the standard of work that Bournemouth's Multi-media Journalism students produce as 'outstanding' and said she wished she had been able to come to do the degree at Bournemouth herself.
The scheme was started when IPC recognised how important it was that they got the right multimedia skills into the business to help them develop their digital brands. It is open to all universities, but to date Bournemouth's BA Multi-media Journalism students have dominated the intake, thanks to their understanding of online, and their ability to turn their hands to creating video and audio, as well as their excellent feature writing skills.
Next year IPC will have another two places on offer, offering a salary of about £20,000. There is no guarantee of a permanent full time job at the end of the 18 month scheme, but some previous grads are currently on a further 12 month contract there, and one is now editor of IBI.
Emma will be doing a talk about working in magazines, and explaining a bit more about the IPC scheme this week and in spring next year will be guiding interested students through the application process.
Most of all, Emma felt that the visit "was a wonderful reminder of how highly rated our BA Multimedia Journalism students are in the professional arena."