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cJAM: Journalism is open to senior industry professionals working in the journalism, public relations or marketing sectors.

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The University of Central Lancashire’s annual cJAM event is going virtual!

Here’s the cJAM schedule, so you can choose which day and time is most relevant to you. Each event is expected to last up to 4 hours (with comfort breaks factored in):

• BROADCAST - Monday 15 March, 10am

• SPORTS - Tuesday 16 March, 10am

• INTERNATIONAL - Wednesday 17 March, 10am


This online event series welcomes senior industry professionals working in the journalism, public relations or marketing sectors and provides a great opportunity to spot and nurture new talent. For the students it’s a chance to make initial contact with employers, gain industry opportunities and for some, gain employment later in the year.

For many years cJAM has taken place on campus but this year due to Covid restrictions, it will be a series of mini online events. Each will still include keynote speakers, industry Q&A and a two-hour speed pitching session, where our students pitch one-to-one via video call for career-launching opportunities.

We would be delighted if you would consider joining us if you are able to offer any of the following for the speed pitching session:

PLACEMENT - remote or physical, ideally lasting up to one week if unpaid or longer if paid

SHADOWING - a day experiencing your working environment where they can connect with your colleagues or clients

MENTORING - up to three one-hour online sessions by you or a member of your team - this could include giving feedback on their university work

INTERVIEW - for a placement or job

During the speed pitching session, you will meet with 12 students all keen to secure an opportunity. You get to judge the student pitches and award your opportunity to those who impress you the most. Students will be presented with their award online at the end of the week, after which they will contact you to firm up arrangements.

At last year’s cJAM events, our students secured more than 500 opportunities with a wide range of employers including the BBC, Big Issue, Planet Sport, Reach PLC, Nine Lives Media, SKY News and ITV.

It is so important that our students understand the pace of change within journalism and the best career opportunities open to them, particularly during this Covid era. By confirming for this online event, you will help enormously in achieving this.


Which students will be pitching for opportunities at cJAM: Journalism? Final year undergraduate and postgraduate students from the following courses: International Journalism, Journalism, Multimedia Journalism, Sports Journalism.

Start times: For events starting at 10am, we will need you from 9.30am for a tech check and briefing. For events starting at 2.30pm, we will need you from 2pm for a tech check and briefing.

Comfort breaks: There will be two breaks, one after the Q&A session and one in the middle of the speed pitching session.

Finish times: For events starting at 10am, the finish time will be approximately 2pm. For events starting at 2.30pm, the finish time will be approximately 6.30pm.

Joining link: The event will be on Microsoft Teams. A joining link will be sent to you via email nearer to the date of the event.

Bio and headshot: Once you have registered, we will email you to request a headshot (head and shoulders style photo) of you and your potted career history in 100-150 words. These are for the cJAM programme that will be distributed to students prior to the event. You might want to include where you are based, what type of work you do and a key project you have delivered.

Keynotes: We are planning to have just two industry professionals delivering keynotes for this event. These will be eight-minutes in length and will cover personal career journeys, focusing on career highlights, top tips and lessons learnt.

Q&A session: All industry professionals involved in the event will be on the panel – there will be a pass the mic style intro from each, facilitated by the chief moderator. Students with questions for the panel will use the Microsoft Teams hands-up function, and the chief moderator will then invite the student to ask the question with their camera and audio switched on. This section will last 30 minutes.

Speed pitching session: This is made up of 12 video call slots each lasting 8 minutes, a moderator will be present throughout to ensure the session runs to time. Each of the 12 students you meet will have created an elevator pitch to start the conversation. Some will be more nervous than others – so please have some questions prepared to help the conversation flow. You will be provided with the names of the students in advance and between each slot you will have a two-minute window for making additional notes. Once you have met with all 12 students, there will be a short deliberation slot so that you can confirm to the moderator who you would like to offer an opportunity to. You can award opportunities to as many students as you wish to – there’s no need to choose just one!

Awarding of opportunities: Students will be attending an online awards presentation at the end of the week to find out what opportunity, if any, they have been awarded. It will then be down to the students to contact you to firm up arrangements.

Health and safety: If awarding a placement, you will be required to complete an online Placement Provider Agreement. The link to this will be sent to you in the week following the event.

UNITEplus funding: Your company might be eligible for funding from UNITEplus. This means you can give a 140-hour paid placement to UCLan students at zero cost to you. For further information and verification go to the UNITEplus website or contact Amine Melaine at: or 01772 894097. The eligibility criteria are as follows:

- Have business premises from which the student can work

- Based in Lancashire

- Majority of revenue must come from Business to Business sales

- Employ 250 employees or less

- Have either an annual turnover that is equal to or less than €50 million or a balance sheet total that is equal to or less than €43 million

Event hashtag: #UCLancJAM

General enquiries: If you would like further information about cJAM, please give Tania Callagher a call on 01772 894106 or 07817 635045.

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