UNIVERSITY students got the chance to quiz members of Wearside’s media at an annual networking event.
Students from Sunderland University met with journalists, communications officers and public relations professionals at the Quayside Exchange for Movers and Shakers.
Set up by former Echo news editor and lecturer Patrick Lavelle, who died after suffering from cancer in 2010, the event is now in its ninth year.
Chris Wright, 21, who is in his third year of studying broadcast journalism at Sunderland, was one of those who attended.
He said: “It was a unique opportunity to speak to many of the industry’s top bosses from around the North East, and the advice they passed onto me and several other students was invaluable.
“As I’m in my final year at university, the event made me feel more prepared for life after university.”
Senior lecturer and programme leader in BA news journalism at Sunderland University, Alistair Robinson, who now organises the gathering, said: “I think this year has been our best ever event.
“We’ve had editors, TV executives and some of the leading lights of public relations here.
“We regard it as a highly-important night and I think our students do as well.
“It maintains links between the university and people in the media industry in the region.
“It’s great for our third year and masters students who are looking for jobs, internships or work experience, as well as a fantastic chance to network.”
Among the organisations represented at the event were the BBC, Nexus, Admiral PR, Sunderland City Council and Sunderland Association Football Club.