Students from the NC in Broadcast Media and Photography course have been putting their learnings into practice following an intensive workshop in journalism by digital bilingual magazine Cosmopolita Scotland.
Four journalists delivered lectures and workshops covering principles of journalism, research and citation plus correct use of language in order to avoid and challenge stereotypes, prejudices and sensationalism when reporting about topics related to migration and cultural identity.
The students will use the skills they have developed in scripting, camera and editing to produce video stories for the Cosmopolita Scotland website that will cover topics such as Brexit, identity and citizenship.
Ron Mackay, creative industries lecturer at Edinburgh College said: “My colleague Jules Wood and myself are really pleased that the students can work with a live client. We believe that education is only a stepping stone, not an end in itself and a reminder of what is needed in the workplace helps to contextualise and motivate otherwise potentially less interesting subject areas and integrate the units in a holistic manner.”
Cosmopolita Scotland is an independent magazine with charitable status that practices slow, constructive and in-depth journalism, in Spanish and English, acting as a conduit to bring the Spanish-speaking community living in Scotland and the Scottish society closer in positive ways.
The magazine promotes journalism as a tool for positive change and a means for cross cultural integration. Cosmopolita Scotland promotes critical thinking and encourage their readers to act and take action upon the topics they cover.