Nottingham Trent journalism students participate in Kick It Out session
Nottingham Trent University journalism students were given the opportunity to learn more about the work of Kick It Out through the organisation’s Education Programme on Monday (20 April).
Hayley Bennett, Kick It Out’s Education Officer, and Tom Taylor, Kick It Out’s Media and Communications Assistant, were invited to deliver a guest lecture as part of the journalism course. The course is currently looking at different aspects of discrimination in society and how it will affect their roles as potential future journalists.
During the lecture, Hayley and Tom gave an outline of the organisation’s areas of work at the beginning of the session. They both discussed Kick It Out’s interaction with the professional game, grassroots level and the impact of dealings with the media.
Highlighting cases of high-profile incidents and how the organisation dealt with them from a communications perspective, the session informed the journalism students and raised awareness of Kick It Out’s key messages.
Following on from the lecture, students then put Hayley and Tom under the spotlight as they asked a series of questions for their assessments. Questions varied from the work of Kick It Out to combating discrimination across football and society.
Andrew James, Journalism Lecturer at Nottingham Trent University, organised the session to be delivered by Kick It Out. After the lecture, Andrew felt the organisation’s visit was a significant one for his students to participate in.
He said: “Important as it is for students to learn the basics of reporting matches, our students must get a thorough knowledge of the issues that can appear on either the front or back pages.
“Part of their modules is to create a feature on the subject of the impact of sport for social change and Kick It Out play a significant role on this topic in football.
“The talk and subsequent interviews Kick It Out gave left students in no doubt about the topicality and importance of the work of the organisation, which gave many of them valuable material for inclusion in the upcoming assessments.”
Hayley was keen to stress the need for Kick It Out to be involved in educational activities following the conclusion of the event.
“What we try to do through the Education Programme is bring the message of Kick It Out to the future leaders of this country, not just in football but in society as well,” Hayley said.
“The students at Nottingham Trent University were very receptive to our work and seemed to take the lecture on board with the questions they asked afterwards back in the newsroom.
“I’d like to thank Andrew James for inviting us to speak to the students. It is important for the programme that we develop connections with universities who will hopefully shape and help our work in the future.”
To find out more about the Education Programme click here.