TV presenter Lorraine Kelly officially opened the new industry standard broadcasting facilities which will keep the University’s teaching bang up to date amid a fast changing media landscape.
Edinburgh Napier - which has been training journalists since 1964 - runs broadcast news days throughout the year in which teams of students film, edit and produce TV and radio bulletins in real time, honing their skills in news delivery across multiple platforms.
As part of the University’s Transforming Tomorrow, Together investment campaign, a converged digital newsroom has been created at the Merchiston campus, with the University now aiming to raise a further £250,000 to kit out the TV studio and gallery with new cameras, lights, monitors and vision mixers. A new gallery and production space will also be created in the radio studio, providing the latest technology for students to work with.
As well as boosting teaching resources, the new broadcast facilities will help with independent student projects and it is hoped that in time they will also become an asset to the wider community.
Dr Diane Maclean, Head of Journalism at Edinburgh Napier University, said: “We are proud of our record at Edinburgh Napier in supporting and educating the next generation of journalists.
“Our former students can be found in newsrooms, newspapers, TV and radio stations throughout the world, and are known for their skills and talents.
“It's a fast-changing world, and we need to keep up, which is why we are all delighted with our new converged newsrooms. With these, we anticipate we can ensure that the newsrooms of the future are populated by our students, just as they are today.”
Guests, many from the media industry, were given a tour of the new facilities before being welcomed by the University’s Principal, Professor Andrea Nolan, and TV producer Dr Alan Clements, an honorary graduate of Edinburgh Napier and investment campaign board member.
Lorraine Kelly was given a grounding in journalism at the then Napier College before working her way from local newspaper reporter to popular national broadcaster, latterly with her breakfast TV show Lorraine. Her daughter Rosie, 21, is a fourth year journalism student at Edinburgh Napier.
Lorraine said: “I’ve been really looking forward to seeing all the new facilities and meeting the students.
“Things have obviously changed dramatically since I was here in the late seventies, when we still used old fashioned typewriters and there was no mobile phones or internet.
“It’s a different world and the students at the University are lucky to have such cutting-edge digital technology.”
Pictures show Lorraine Kelly with Edinburgh Napier journalism students, Finlay Matheson and Lorraine’s daughter Rosie Smith
1.In 1964, Edinburgh Napier, along with Harlow College in Essex, pioneered the first institutional course in journalism in the UK.
2.Up until 1993, Napier offered an HND in Journalism Studies. This was replaced by a BA in 1993 to reflect new-found university status, followed four years later by the introduction of an MSc in Journalism. Currently the University offers a BA (Hons) Journalism, BA (Hons) Television, MA Journalism and MA (International) for Media Professionals.
3.Student radio station ENRG has only been going for two years but has already won best newcomer at the Sony Student Radio Awards. Proposals are being developed for a fully-functioning student radio newsroom.
4.Edinburgh Napier launched a partnership with STV Edinburgh at the end of January 2015. Students benefit from work experience and rolling internships at the TV station.
5.The Transforming Tomorrow, Together campaign was launched last year to raise £100million in funding to build on the University’s research strengths, support student talent and improve facilities on campus.