Students move and shake

Sunderland University Faculty of Arts, Design and Media hosted a Movers and Shakers event at the Quayside Exchange, journalism students Nikki Best and Zoe Cooper, right, are pictured with Dean of the Faculty Graeme Thompson and Stuart Birkett, Managing Director, Northeast Press Ltd, centre right.
Sunderland University Faculty of Arts, Design and Media hosted a Movers and Shakers event at the Quayside Exchange, journalism students Nikki Best and Zoe Cooper, right, are pictured with Dean of the Faculty Graeme Thompson and Stuart Birkett, Managing Director, Northeast Press Ltd, centre right.
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STUDENTS got the chance to network with Wearside’s media at a university event.

Sunderland University’s Movers and Shakers evening took place at the Quayside Exchange, on High Street East.

More than 100 journalists, public relations professionals and students had the opportunity to chat at the event.

It is the seventh year that the annual event has taken place, after it was set up by former Echo head of content and Sunderland University lecturer Patrick Lavelle.

Alistair Robinson, programme leader for BA journalism and BA news journalism at Sunderland University, said: “It’s gone fantastically well. It’s the best turnout we’ve ever had.

“There was a really impressive range of people from the media industry in the North East attending as well as many of our students.”

Alistair added that students who attended had enjoyed getting the chance to meet those working in media.

“All of the students found it massively useful as it was a great chance for them to talk to important people in the business,” he said.

“The feedback from them has been fantastic. They found the experience really useful.

“The event is a bit different from when it started.

“Movers and Shakers now is all about getting final year and MA students to network with people in the industry.”

Matthew Briggs, 24, who is studying towards an MA in public relations, said: “It’s a great way to meet professionals and get an insight into how industries work.

“Plus, it helps to get your face known to people that matter.”

Echo editor Rob Lawson and North East Press managing director Stuart Birkett also took part in the event.

Other organisations who attended the event included Sunderland AFC, BBC Radio Newcastle and Sunderland-based PR firm RGB Media.

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