This event is NOT open to the general public and is exclusively for University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) students, staff and invited industry guests.
Are you a final year undergraduate or postgraduate UCLan student? Do you want a taste of your future career?
cJAM: Journalism is an exciting careers jamming event which enables students on our journalism courses to meet face-to-face with senior industry professionals, to share ideas, make connections and pitch for opportunities. You get to spend an entire day with successful industry professionals who will be sharing their top tips and offering placements to help you launch your career.
This is a full-day event, where your attendance is required from 9.30am until 4.30pm. The event includes:
FREE breakfast and lunch
Giant speed pitching session
Chance to win industry placements
Industry guest speakers
Industry Q&A panel
The cJAM event is designed for you to share your creative ideas with employers who are looking to spot and nurture new talent. You know what interests young audiences and we want you to pitch your ideas to the industry guests in exchange for placement opportunities.
The industry guests play an integral role in the event. For the speed pitching session, they all come with the offer of at least one work placement – these could be anything from one-day shadowing opportunities through to four-week long placements. At the event, the industry guests award their placements to the students who impress them the most.
At last year's cJAM events for journalism, media, performance and law the students attending secured 320 placements with a range of employers including the BBC, Big Issue North, Sky News, Weber Shandwick, Reach plc and ITV. To get a flavour of the cJAM event format look at last year's video at this link.
Even if you don't win a placement on the day, by attending this event you will gain a deeper understanding of the pace of change within journalism, how digital technology is affecting the industry, and the best career opportunities open to you when you graduate.
Placements Placements are likely to be unpaid and will last for no longer than four weeks and no shorter than a one-day shadowing opportunity. If you win a placement you will be awarded it on the day by the industry guest, then during the following week you will receive an email from the University with the industry guest's contact details. It will then be down to you to make contact with them to confirm the start date and other details about your placement. At previous cJAM events, some students won multiple placements and some didn't win any. Preparation is key - ensure you do some research about the industry guests and their companies so that you make the best possible impression.
Speed pitching logistics Pitching slots are bookable as you arrive on the day and there is likely to be a limit to the amount you can book. Each of our industry guests will have a numbered pitching station and you will get to choose who you want to see and when – a bit like what your parents/guardians had to do at parents evening in school. But it's alot more fun obviously - there's a definte speed dating feel, you are sat across from the person you are pitching to and after eight munutes a siren will sound and you move on. The speed pitching part of the event lasts for two hours and there are 12 slots, each lasting just eight minutes.
Speed pitching content You should develop and practice an elevator pitch. These typically last up to 60 seconds and if delivered at the start of each pitch it will help spark questions and natural conversation with the industry people. Make sure you tailor part of your elevator pitch for each company you want to pitch to - this will impress them and show you have done your research. The University has an online Elevator Pitch Builder tool you can use. Go to: The Student Portal / CareerEDGE / Popular Tools / Elevator Pitch Builder.
CV competitionYou should bring multiple copies of your CV so you can give a copy to every industry guest you pitch to and to enter the CV competiton. We will be collecting CVs for the competition at the registration desk as you arrive on the day. The best CV wins a £25 Love2Shop gift card.
Dress code Smart casual clothing is expected, don’t come in a prom suit but leave your hoodie at home. Dress for the job you want, not the job you have!
Timetable clash Teaching staff are aware and are fully supportive of this cJAM event and may have even collapsed the timetable for this day to enable you to attend. If unsure, feel free to check with them directly.
Free event There is no cost to attend this event and breakfast and lunch will be included.
Event length This is a full-day event and your presence is expected from 9.30am until 4.30pm. If this isn’t possible, please let us know in the specific requirements section when registering.
Who can attend? This event is for final year undergraduate and postgraduate UCLan students studying on one of the following programmes: Broadcast Journalsim, Journalism, International Journalism or Sports Journalism. Registration is on a first come first served basis and in line with the capacity of the venue, ME414. Also attending will be course leaders, invited industry guests and alumni. This event is not open to the general public.
Who are the industry guests? Information about the industry guests attending will be circulated to those who have registered via email closer to the event date so that you can do some research. We are expecting up to 30 guests in total.
Filming and photography permissions There will be photography and filming throughout the event. During the registration process, you will be asked to give your permission for filming and photography of you to be used by the University for marketing purposes including (but not limited to) University websites, on and offline publications, public relations messages and other advertising, such as social media, brochures, information leaflets, adverts, posters and other formats to promote the University and to promote University courses at its partner institutions.
General enquiriesTania Callagher, VENhbGxhZ2hlciB8IHVjbGFuICEgYWMgISB1aw==
01772 894106 or 07817 635045.
|Ticket Information ||Ticket Price |
| UCLan Student registration || Free |
| UCLan Staff registration || Free |
| UCLan Alumni registration || Free |