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January 18, 2008

Indy Reader’s Editor coup for UCLan

By Dave Lee STD

Students at the University of Central Lancashire can look forward to a strengthened teaching line-up as Michael Williams, former deputy editor of the Independent on Sunday, joins the University.

Williams, who currently holds the position of readers’ editor for the Independent series, will work at UCLan in Preston part-time, teaching media management and the business of journalism.

‘I want to act as a bridge between UCLan and the nationals and allow students to utilise my contacts to gain experience working on a national newspaper,’said Williams on the UCLan Journalism website.

Also joining the University will be award-winning Clare Cook, who has been appointed as course leader for the Media Management degree program.

Cook is a former reporter for the Lancashire Evening Telegraph and the Nottingham Evening Post. More recently, she has worked for celebrity titles owned by the Daily Express.

Speaking of the challenges faced by today’s journalism students, Cook said: ‘These days a lot is expected from a journalist. You need to get the quotes, the photo and sometimes the video footage. Newsrooms have changed so much over the last few years and journalists need to be able to work in the digital medium.”

More information on the appointments can be found here.

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