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What is involved?

We’re not talking about the shrivelled up black things that look like dead flies, we’re talking NEWS! What’s happening in the world? What’s happening in your town? What’s happening in your college? This is where you get to have a good old natter and decide what your fellow KEC6 students need to know about. What’s important to you? What’s important to them? Whose turn is it to buy the biscuits?

We’ll look at different sources of news, we’ll discuss what’s going on in the world, it will be a safe space to explore your views and opinions, we’ll hit the streets and sniff out our own stories and we’ll get the lowdown from a genuine, bona fide journalist. Then we’ll wrap it all up in our very own college newsletter, sharing the gift of true enlightenment with our fellow KECers. Move over Trumpy, there’s no fake news here.

Why should you do this subject?

Well, it’ll be fun for one. But you will also develop your skills of critical thinking, reasoning, analysis, diplomacy and communication not to mention planning, research, design, teamwork and interview techniques. It’ll make you more aware of the world you’re living in, it will open doors to new possibilities, it might frustrate or enrage you at times but you will emerge with a sense of achievement and renewed appreciation for this thing called ‘news’. But greater than all this, it will give you the opportunity to shine a light on the issues you care about. It will give you and your fellow students a voice. Oh, and did I mention there’ll be biscuits?…

What activities will be undertaken?

We’ll have a good old chin wag about what’s going on in the world, we’ll work with Coventry University, we’ll join with other LinC societies including the Model UN to hone our debating skills, we’ll design, research and produce a college newsletter, what goes in is up to you! We’ll have a guest journalist tell us what it’s really like to scoop the news, we’ll interview and get the truth on issues that matter to you, we’ll call on our local MP to answer questions about our town and of course, we’ll eat biscuits and drink tea.

How will it help your future career?

Remember all those fantastic skills we mentioned earlier? Well, believe it or not, employers go weak at the knees for these skills. Who doesn’t want to employ someone who has shown they can work effectively as part of a team, demonstrated their commitment to a long term project and shown they can take on board others’ views and express their own opinions in a diplomatic and productive manner? Every possible job you could ever go for would benefit from these skills, hence they are known as ‘transferable skills’. Thinking of uni? Well ding doing, your application just got 1000x better. What uni doesn’t want a student who has shown they can hold down 3 A Levels and plan, research and execute a college newsletter all whilst juggling flaming torches and balancing on a seal’s nose. Okay, maybe not the last bit, but seriously, universities and employers will value the autonomy, initiative and self-management that you will develop through this LinC. Plus, you’ll know the best biscuits to buy for the tearoom…

What employability opportunities would this LinC programme offer?

Make connections with Coventry University through their Student Media Community, meet with local journalists and businesses and expand your writing portfolio ready to show prospective employers.

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