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Lauren Duffy, aged 21, from Rainhill in Prescot, underwent a rigourous application process to secure her placement with the programme, which is on the CBBC channel.

Lauren, who is in her final year at the University, impressed the Newsround producers with her CV and showreel of presenting work, and was then invited to an interview at Salford’s Media City. She said: “Getting any work experience in a department within the BBC is extremely difficult - you have to demonstrate what you can bring to the role. Once my final application review was successful, I was offered a five minute interview with a senior member of the Newsround team. I needed to show all my skills and just how passionate I was about the opportunity in only five minutes! Thankfully, a week after my interview, I was offered the two week placement.”

During her placement, Lauren took the initiative and researched stories in advance that she believed would be suitable for the Newsround audience, including a story about a puppy, rescued by the Spanish police, being trained as a police dog. The story was featured on the Newsround website and also in the morning bulletin on CBBC.

She said: “After pitching the story, I got in touch with police in Spain and they sent me over the raw footage they had for the story. I edited the footage from scratch to Newsround standard, and wrote the graphics for the video too. This was uploaded to the Newsround website and it is still online to watch now.”

Lauren, who is an aspiring television presenter and reporter, studies Broadcast Production and Presenting at the University’s Warrington Campus. Now in her final year, she has already gained presenting experience at both Made in Liverpool TV and STV (the Scottish ITV network) in Glasgow and Aberdeen. Lauren also developed her presenting skills on campus through the North West Media Centre’s professional TV studio and a weekly radio show on the University’s CAT radio station.

Speaking about her placement, Lauren said: “You learn how much research and production work is needed to produce just a few minutes of great TV. To be a presenter and reporter, you have to be multiskilled and learn everything. My course has given me a wider knowledge of broadcasting, which has proved invaluable. I have gained the skills you need not only to work in front of the camera, but also to work behind the scenes. I’d also like to thank Mark Hannaby for his support and guidance throughout my time at university.”

Mark Hannaby, Programme Leader for Broadcast Production and Presenting and Senior Lecturer in Journalism, said: “Lauren’s success shows how much can be achieved when talent is accompanied with a great work ethic. All the Department of Media staff are delighted that Lauren has had the chance to demonstrate and develop her fine presenting and production skills further with one of the UK’s most respected television news programme teams.”

He added: “Lauren clearly impressed the Newsround journalists with her hard work and positive attitude. She even had work that she sourced, produced and edited, broadcast on BBC television news bulletins and online. She has worked very hard indeed and much deserves this wonderful opportunity.”

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