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MEDIA Programme

MEDIA Programme
(Media Employability Development In Action)

Spend one year learning about different aspects of the media sector and practising your skills on a real life project, communicating careers information with Queen’s AHSS students through The Edit publication.

An excellent opportunity to assess your skills and strengths and gain relevant, up to date experience to gain an insight into this competitive industry.

Through this programme you can expect to gain:

  • Highly specialised sector skills training including use of camera equipment, film production, interview and writing skills and planning a marketing campaign.
  • Working relationships with sector professionals; mentoring, providing current industry knowledge and networking to foster future opportunities.
  • Up to date and relevant work experience to include on your CV, including project management, proactive approach to sourcing interviewees and interview skills, editing and summarising information, proofreading and IT skills.
  • Opportunities to develop and enhance transferable employability skills including teamwork, event management, networking, working under pressure, leadership skills, public speaking, using initiative, problem solving and communication skills.
  • Leadership experience acting as Student Ambassadors to promote the communication within their schools.
  • Degree Plus accreditation (Route A)
  • Increased confidence in approaching real-life work problems and developing resilience to potentially work in this sector.
  • Increased exposure to job opportunities and placement options which they may previously have missed.
PHOTO: Orla Traynor
I’ve gained a real insight into the media industry via meeting successful journalists. Joining The Edit has helped expand my skills, improve my confidence and really added to my CV. Orla Traynor
English and History

Open to all first and second year registered Queen's undergraduate students from any Arts, Humanities and Social Science degree discipline.

Applications are particularly welcome from students from the following Schools: HAPP, AEL and SSPSW.

Priority may be given to students from under represented courses.


There are no financial costs for the students to participate in this programme.

How to apply
Applications open in Semester 2 and can be accessed through MyFuture.  

If you have any questions or would like to be added to the interest list for this Programme please email

MEDIA Programme FAQ’s 

How much does the programme cost?

The MEDIA programme is free for students. 

Why do you only recruit first and second year undergraduate students?

This is because the programme runs across two academic years and students must be confirmed as registered for the duration. 

What real life project will we be working on?

The core of the MEDIA programme is to produce The Edit publication on behalf of Careers, Employability and Skills.  This is a print newsletter, published four times a year, written and designed by the student editorial team and produced in collaboration with the Careers Service. 

While the written publication is central the students can choose other methods of dissemination. In the past this has included through social media, making videos, maintaining a blog, running events and attending fairs.

How many people are involved?

12 students will be recruited to form the Editorial team.  They will be split into four groups of three students who will each take editorial responsibility for one issue of The Edit.  Each student will be expected to contribute material for each issue.

Do I have to take time out of my studies to complete this programme?

No.  After completing the five day training programme during Development Weeks the MEDIA programme is managed alongside your studies.

What is the time commitment?

The programme is designed so you manage your own time and it’s flexible to work around your timetable.  The four print deadlines for the publication must be met but students are free to work ahead and take on other avenues of promotion as best fits their interests.  The work is split between the team.  The programme is a practical introduction to time management and working to real life deadlines expected within the media sector.

How have previous editors used their experience on the MEDIA programme?

Previous editorial team members have secured work experience and placements with organisations including the BBC, Sky Sports News, Whisper Films, UTV Media, ITV This Morning, Channel 4, Triplevision Productions Limited and Sixteen South Studios.

Further study has included in Broadcast Media and Journalism.

Others have decided that they definitely do not want to work in media!  They enjoyed the programme but the real life taste of the sector confirmed that they want to pursue a different area of work.