STUDENTS mingled with Wearside’s media at a networking event.
Sunderland University’s Movers and Shakers evening took place at the Quayside Exchange, on High Street East.
Journalists, public relations professionals and students got together and chat at the eighth annual event.
Originally set up by former Echo news editor and Sunderland University lecturer Patrick Lavelle, the event gives students the chance to meet people working in the industry.
Journalism students Jade Moor, 20, Megan O’Kane, 21, Nicole Morley, 24, and Sophie Hardy, 21, said the event had been an useful experience.
Nicole, a third-year magazine journalism student from Newcastle, said: “We all graduate this year, so it’s been nice to make a few contacts to try to go from work experience to employment.”
Graeme Thompson, dean of arts, media and design, said: “Increasingly in the world of journalism and media, a lot of jobs aren’t advertised.
“We think it is important for our students to learn how to network and use their contacts book.
“This is a rare opportunity to meet potential employers and chat to professionals in the industry to get advice, which will give them the competitive edge that they need when they graduate.”