Students experience life as a journalist

3 August 2017

Llais y Maes interviewing Alun Cairns

Cardiff University media students will work alongside professional journalists as an exciting digital news service covering the National Eisteddfod celebrates its fifth year.

Llais y Maes (Voice of the Maes), led by Cardiff University’s School of Journalism, Media & Cultural Studies (JOMEC), is partnering ITV Cymru Wales, S4C and the National Eisteddfod at this year’s event in Anglesey.

JOMEC students will draw on the knowledge of industry professionals to create unique multi-platform content from the Maes.

Llais y Maes gives students the opportunity to learn and practise new skills, establish contacts and gain an insight into the life of a working journalist.

New industry partners

Leading the service will be JOMEC’s Welsh language lecturers, Sian Morgan Lloyd and Manon Edwards Ahir, and ITV Producer Iwan Roberts.

Sian said: “This is an exceptional opportunity for students to experience life as a journalist in a vibrant and exciting news environment.

“This year we’re delighted to have the backing of significant new industry partners, S4C and ITV Cymru Wales, along with the valuable continuing support from the National Eisteddfod...”

Sian Morgan Lloyd

“With the technology landscape changing so rapidly, it will be interesting to see how the students create our content using the very latest tools and communication platforms.”

Sian Lloyd, Lecturer

Future generations of Welsh journalists

Iwan said: “Llais y Maes is a fantastic and exciting project, and we are pleased to be in partnership with JOMEC, bringing ITV Cymru Wales' experience for the benefit of future generations of Welsh journalists.

“We look forward to producing great content at this year's Eisteddfod that will hopefully offer a different perspective.”

JOMEC alumni Glesni Euros is one of the ITV Cymru Wales team of journalists who will be supporting Llais y Maes at the Eisteddfod.

Glesni said: “I am really looking forward to joining the Llais y Maes crew at this year’s Eisteddfod.

“It will be so exciting to work with JOMEC’s enthusiastic students and lecturers to create a quality digital service from the Maes.”

Hannah Pearce, who took part in Llais y Maes at the 2015 Eisteddfod, has since landed her ideal job working on S4C’s Newyddion 9 news programme, which is produced by BBC Cymru Wales.

Alex Jones and our Llais y Maes student at the 2015 Eisteddfod
BBC's Alex Jones and our Llais y Maes student at the 2015 National Eisteddfod

Hannah said: “Llais y Maeswas a great experience from start to finish. The experience gave us the chance to conduct interviews, find stories, as well as an opportunity to learn how to manage and lead a team, as everyone had the opportunity to be the editor of the day during the week. I had the opportunity to do things I didn’t think I’d ever be allowed to do during my time with Llais y Maes...

“I interviewed the First Minister, Carwyn Jones, as well as Alex Jones, The One Show presenter. Being a part of the Llais y Maes team convinced me that I would like to work in the Welsh media as a journalist.”

Hannah Pearce

Cardiff University’s theme for the 2017 National Eisteddfod is Cardiff Connected – how Cardiff University and its students, staff and alumni are connected to Wales and beyond.

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