27th March 2017
‘Panorama’ presenter and BBC News reporter, Richard Bilton, gave an engaging talk on his experiences of working in journalism and TV reporting to students from the Sirius Group.
Richard, originally from Morley, shared his knowledge of journalism as a BBC news reporter for the past 25 years, having worked as an environmental and foreign correspondent covering major stories including the 2001 Foot and Mouth outbreak, 9/11 and the Iraq War. Now focussing mainly on presenting BBC’s ‘Panorama’, Richard also delved into the journalistic techniques used when reporting on emotive stories such as the disappearance of Madeline McCann and the aftermath of the 2016 Orlando Shootings.
The Sirius Group helps students with intellectual curiosity and ambition to develop higher level skills such as debating and discussion in order to prepare for study at top universities. This talk gave students invaluable insights into the realities of pursuing a career in journalism and broadcast reporting with Richard sharing his opinions on current topics of controversy such as Donald Trump, ‘Fake News’, Twitter as a news outlet, and the importance of unbiased and balanced reporting following the recent Westminster attack.
Richard’s talk was followed by a question and answer session where he offered advice to students wishing to embark upon a career in journalism, he said: “Coming from Yorkshire, I want to encourage young people from this area to become journalists. To break into the industry, the main thing you need is to have stories that you want to tell and changes that you want to make. If you can come up with ideas and care about what you do, gain work experience and be willing to question everything to get to the truth of a story then you are bound to succeed.”
York College is holding an Aiming High event on Tuesday 4th April for prospective students in Years 10 and 11, and their parents, to find out more about applying to Oxford, Cambridge, or other highly competitive university destinations. There is no need to book, simply arrive at 6.30pm for a 7.00pm start.