With the project being implemented across the different Colleges within the University, it means that the project is working with a diverse group of modules. One of our Pilot modules is a final year Spanish module, Commercial Spanish. Running over two terms, the module is effectively split in half. The first term focuses on group work, with the students creating fictitious businesses, including a full business plan with detailed budgets and marketing campaigns.
The second term takes a journalistic approach to contemporary themes within Hispanic culture, of the students choosing. Working on their own, the students are tasked with creating a ‘dossier’ which evidences their thinking and is the basis of a final report. The dossiers consist of articles from online news agencies or other form of media, a break down of the vocabulary used and a short synopsis of each article in relation to the chosen theme.
During the second term, the Project team was able to organise a day trip for a number of the students to visit the newsroom at Thompson Reuters in London. One of the Students, Lauren Churchman, has written an account of the visit for our Blog.
Commercial Spanish Visit to Reuters
Seeking to consolidate our studies on political and economic journalism, on 13th March a group of final year Exeter Spanish students descended on the London headquarters of Reuters. Our host Mark Trevelyan, training manager, gave us an insightful talk on the inner workings of the esteemed international news supplier. Reuters is an independent provider of fact-based, bias-free journalism – and the largest news organisation in the world, employing almost 3000 journalists in over 1500 locations, in 20 different languages. A specialist in financial journalism, it represents an important tool for investors and consumers alike. With its various internship programmes, the corporation is always on the lookout for new journalistic talent – and the most important qualities in a Reuters candidate? Curiosity, likeability and a nose for a good story.
We took a brief tour of the newsroom itself, with its myriad computers and TV screens: a constant flow of news in and out. In a world dominated by the Internet and 24/7 access to news, how has Reuters responded? The news agency’s powers of adaptability and dedication to communicating information are nothing new – the Reuters group first reported via carrier pigeon in the 1850s, in time advancing to undersea telegraph cables and arriving eventually at a smartphone app, News Pro. With the threat of free online news feeds, and the shift of breaking news publication via Twitter, Reuters still stands out as an invaluable source of trustworthy information in an ever-crowding market. It stands as a testament to the organisation that countless other news providers source their information direct from Reuters itself, reinforcing the agency’s position at the heart of international news.