BBC Look North Presenter and former Grimsby Institute student, Leanne Brown, recently visited the University Centre Grimsby to talk to BA Film & Television students about her career and offer advice and guidance as they prepare to produce their own factual programmes.
Leanne, who studied Broadcast Journalism at the Grimsby Institute before going on to pursue a successful career with the BBC, said: “I think it’s important for these students to know that they can get a job in the industry. I was born in Grimsby, I trained here and now I’m working in the industry. I just wanted to get across that if you want to do it, and you work hard, you really can achieve it.
“I also think it’s important for them to realise there are so many different jobs in the industry. People typically think about jobs as a Reporter, Camera Operator or Picture Editor but there are loads of other jobs as well like autocue operators, technical assistants, sound engineers and floor managers.”
Jake Tuft, 19, Year 1 student on BA Film & Television Production, said: “It’s been very helpful having Leanne coming and speaking to us. We have to produce a five-minute documentary for the factual element of our course and Leanne has explained how we can target our audiences and structure our programme.
My programme is going to be about Hull becoming the City of Culture and I want to look at the impact on different people. I’d like to interview some of the people who spearheaded the bid and possibly some of the people who will be getting involved.
Fellow student, 19 year old Lewis Pickering, added: “We’re really grateful to Leanne for coming in. To see someone who was in the same situation as we are in, and who has gone on to be so successful in the industry, really inspires you.
“My friends are jealous of the experience I get on the course because the facilities are brilliant and the fact that we get to work on TV programmes that are actually broadcast on Estuary TV really gives us experience that you wouldn’t get anywhere else.”