Integrity in Journalism: Rachel gave her opinions on Newsnight.
Two Lambeth College Journalism students were thrown into the spotlight earlier this month when they were interviewed for BBC TV’s Newsnight programme.
Rachel Obordo and Aaran Fronda, from the Newspaper Journalism – NCTJ Level 3 Diploma course volunteered to appear on the show after the BBC approached their tutors looking for student journalists' opinions in relation to the Leveson Inquiry.
Rachel Obordo, 22 from Notting Hill, was one of several students to volunteer for the task when a Newsnight production team arrived at our Clapham Centre. She was asked questions about the reputation of the journalism profession, the future of journalism and her opinions regarding the Leveson judicial inquiry into the culture, practices and ethics of the British press following a recent phone hacking scandal.
Rachel is studying the NCTJ accredited course in the hope it will lead her to a job. She recently graduated with a degree in Theology from the University of St Andrew’s and is now hoping to become a religious correspondent for a newspaper. She said: “I told the crew that I believe there is integrity to journalism and despite my potential idealism; it is possible for journalists to do their jobs without compromising their morals. The newspaper business is changing rapidly, due to Twitter and online news sites, but the need for professionals with a knowledge of shorthand and media law will always be in demand if the news is to reported to the general public properly and fairly.”
The Newsnight special report, featuring the interviews with Rachel and Aaran, was aired on Tuesday 31 November 2012.
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