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Connecting journalism students to the world

by Karmen Dowling | December 22, 2010

Thompson Reuters continues to support Western's Faculty of Information and Media Studies' Journalism program with its media services worth $390,000 annually.

The services include Reuters News Graphics Service, the Reuters World Service text newswire, and the World News Service Core video feed. The feed service is an integral part of professional workshops within the journalism program and provides students with a vast amount of international footage to use in their newscasts.

Television and International Reporting instructor, Cliff Lonsdale, says these services are invaluable and change the whole experience for the students.

“It gives them a feel for life in an actual newsroom. They have almost unlimited opportunities to practice crafting international stories for local audiences, using material that’s right up to the minute. Live stories change unpredictably and having access to the Reuters television and wire services adds a highly realistic element as we prepare mock newscasts to deadline.

“Importantly, too, the Reuters services help our students connect with international affairs in a way that’s relatively difficult to achieve in this environment, away from Canada’s media hubs.”

This article appeared in the Winter 2010 edition of Impact Western
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