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EDUCATION TVFutures: Student pitch by Alex Watson S tudying at university is so much more these days than just “turn up to lectures, hand in assignments and get a degree”, and at the end of my fi rst year studying for a BSc in Television and Broadcasting at the University of Portsmouth, I had the opportunity to attain my Avid Media Composer User Certifi cation. At the time I thought it would be benefi cial to understand this widely used software, but I never imagined it would become so useful so quickly. Later that summer I was able to use my new-found editing skills on a work experience placement at ITV. This wasn’t the only work experience I had done over the summer as I also took part in Work Experience at one of the world’s biggest broadcasters – the BBC. My work experience placement at the BBC took place the week after I had completed my Avid Media Composer User Certifi cation, so it was a very busy time for me! I was based in the corporation’s St. Helier studios, which is home to BBC Radio Jersey and BBC Channel Islands News. I hadn’t expected to be able to work there during the summer, I had fi lled in an application earlier in the year and had totally forgotten about it. It gave me such a great insight into the newsgathering process across both Radio and TV. Before my fi rst day there, despite having spent time working in industry previously, I had never directly been required to do any journalist-type jobs, so it was a bit of a steep learning curve, but a thoroughly enjoyable one! 50 | KITPLUS - THE TV-BAY MAGAZINE: ISSUE 107 NOVEMBER 2015