While partnerships between news groups and across local media platforms was the focus of many presentations at yesterday’s Westminster Media Forum event, Broadcast Journalism Training Council (BJTC) secretary Jim Latham raised an interesting idea from the floor:
- Could journalism schools at UK universities offer equipment, facilities and trainee reporters in the form of students to local media groups and proposed independently funded news consortia (IFNC)?
Speakers from Ofcom and ITN acknowledge the potential and admitted that this hadn’t previously been considered.
Are there legislative barriers to this happening? Or could higher education institutions play more of a role in the plans for regional news?