Highlights: Leading journalists share knowledge and insights

22 January 2018

Our network is fortunate to have a fantastic roster of top journalists giving their time in state schools each year, with several out in force already this winter. Lindsey Hilsum, Stefan Stern, and Tazeen Ahmad shared their impressive knowledge, expertise and experiences of journalism with students across the UK. Here are some highlights from their talks.

Lindsey Hilsum

Channel 4 International Editor, Lindsey Hilsum, gave her talk to over 100 students at The Winston Churchill School in Woking. Lindsey described her work as a foreign correspondent, as well as explaining how the news works to the school’s pupils. She recounted stories such as broadcasting from Raqqa and also spoke about the implications of fake news. Lindsey then broke away for a smaller Q&A session with the students, giving them chance to sit down and chat to her directly. Students were left with an important piece of wisdom: always ask questions!


Stefan Stern

Stefan Stern visited the students at St Antony’s Catholic College in Trafford, Greater Manchester last December. Stefan, an acclaimed journalist who specialises in business, management and politics, shared his experiences with the students about what to expect from a career in journalism and the media, as well as his plans for the future!


Tazeen Ahmad

In the first week of term, award-winning investigative reporter Tazeen Ahmad gave a talk at Pimlico Academy in London. Tazeen spoke to 210 students at the academy sharing some of her personal stories from her impressive career.  It was also a chance for her to talk about the human side of her projects, and how emotional intelligence can be a brilliant tool for any young person to develop to support them in any career they might go into. There were lots of questions following her talk with Tazeen tweeting that she was ‘blown away by your Yr 7s. Such intelligence and engagement’. 


Thank you Lindsey, Stefan and Tazeen for giving such fantastic talks, and thank you to the schools for hosting these speakers.

We would also like to say a big thanks to all the speakers who have given talks this term including Amanda La Roux, Dame Ann Dowling, Christopher Le Brun, Sir John Kingman and Baroness Helene Hayman.

If you are a secondary school or college that has high-need students without access to great speakers in media or beyond, then please get in touch today.
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