Published on February 26, 2013 | by Siss Anderson

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Multimedia skills crucial for media careers

Simon Hinde, programme director for journalism and publishing at LCC, reading Arts London News

UAL programme director for journalism and publishing, Simon Hinde. [Alastair Johnstone]

Students must operate across a range of multimedia disciplines to succeed, UAL’s new publishing and journalism programme director has said.

Simon Hinde told Arts London News (ALN) that graduates are expected to possess skills across a number of platforms including print, broadcast, audio, video and social media.

He said: “If you are coming out of college with a real understanding of how to operate in multimedia environments that’s a really, really precious thing. It’s very clear to me that the people having these skills are in demand.”

With over 20 years of experience in journalism , Hinde has worked across all media platforms. He has worked as a reporter in lifestyle, financial and political journalism and has held editorial roles at numerous national newspapers including The Sunday Times and the Daily Express.

Strong heritage

As well as print, he has experience in broadcast – appearing on the BBC Radio 4 Today programme, BBC Radio 5 Live and regional radio – and online, as UK editor of Yahoo.

Taking up the role of programme director at LCC means Hinde is now responsible for overseeing staffing, quality and content across the journalism and publishing courses.

Having developed his own journalistic skills at the college through short courses, Hinde said it was “nice to be back” adding that it was a “privilege” to be working at the college.

Speaking about the impact LCC has on the industry, Hinde discussed meeting former LCC students who have gone on to have great careers.

“The heritage of this institution out there in the media industry is a really, really strong one,” he said.

 

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