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Journalism Academy

The JAx Journalism Academy brings together in one place the people, skills, resources and contacts you need to make it as a journalist.

Supported by Pearson UK, it involves giving you the chance to work on published papers and magazines and access masterclasses from broadcasters and writers. The JAx Journalism Academy is open to any student, on any course across the college.

Click here to view the lastest edition of the JAx Academy's 'Freefall' magazine, produced by students on the academy with Exeter Phoenix.

  • Students have been involved in:

    • Editing and writing on a magazine
    • Contributing to the Express and Echo
    • Contributing to Radio Exe with news stories
    • Contributing to Exeter Phoenix arts review site
    • Access to work placements
    • Masterclasses by journalists, broadcasters and writers
    • Participation in workshops
    • Receving individual guidance
  • Published Student Work

  • Events

    • Students have just finished producing Freefall magazine for the Phoenix Arts Centre. It’s a 68 page magazine to appear online. Each student had a double-page spread each to write and design
    • Two students acted as editors for Freefall
    • Two students have been getting work published regularly in, an international music website
    • Jon Severs, commissioning editor at TES, visited to give a talk to students on getting into journalism
    • Katie Ralph, year 1 student, has been commissioned to write a feature for TES on having Asperger’s Syndrome
    • All students have been working on their own team magazines for publication in April
    • Workshops have covered: freelance feature writing; freelance obligations (self-employment etc); media law including libel and contempt, creating magazines for iPad and Kindle
    • Four local politicians visited for a press conference in October – Cllr Andrew Leadbetter, Cllr Megan Williams; Cllr Stephen Brimble, Cllr Rod Ruffle. Students asked questions on local and national issues
    • Students have started writing stories for the Exeter Daily
  • JAx Student Feedback

    "I've found JAx a rewarding and enriching experience. It's helped develop and greatly improve my journalism skills and given me a wide array of opportunities, particularly in getting my work published"
    1st Year JAx Student

    "JAx has definitely given me the opportunity to build my confidence and contacts. Through the radio hub in particular, I have developed specialist skills and have been practically applying these in order to create reports for the college radio station and Radio Exe. This has given me good experience of genuine scenarios, demands and deadlines while learning and gaining work experience."
    Kieran, year 2 JAx Student

  • Who can apply?

    Any student at Exeter College on any course. You don’t need to be studying journalism as a course, in fact most current academy members in are from a wide range of other subjects from English, to history, sciences, languages and law.

  • How to Apply

    You can find out more about the Academy at our open events or at your interview. To apply, complete the application form with your details and a statement about why you want to join the Academy. Send this in to the college along with one example of your own written work. You can apply for the Academy at the same time as you apply for your course at Exeter College or once you have started, but applications must be in within the first two weeks of term.

    Shortlisted applicants will be invited to an interview for the Academy and you will find out if you have been successful at the beginning of term.

    There is a small charge for students accepted on the Journalism Academy.

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