Campus Reporter Placement- 15 hours per week

Gain professional experience – Build your knowledge and confidence in the real world of work

Doing a work placement is a fantastic way to learn about the professional world. It will build your confidence and look great on your CV. Employers look for it, so it will give you the edge when it’s time to start your career and it can lead to job offers in the future.

This micro-placement is available to 2nd or 3rd year students who may not have had relevant work experience related to their studies.

The placement will be based within Solent University for the equivalent of 2 days (15 hours) a week (7.5 hours per day) for up to 10 weeks.

You will need to register with Campus Jobs if you are successful at the interview.

Students may wish to use this placement towards a placement requirement of their course or outside of their course. Please specify in your Cover message if you are planning to use this experience as part of a core work placement unit.

As Campus Reporter for the Solent newsroom, this post involves working across the University, gathering news stories and content from both staff and students and creating features, blog posts and articles that demonstrate an exciting, vibrant and fun University. This feeds into our strategic priorities, ensuring our reputation is enhanced both in the UK and globally and our profile is raised among our wide mix of internal and external stakeholders.


  • Working on the University’s newsdesk, which is the first port of call for journalists and enquiries. You’ll learn how to handle and react to breaking news stories and reputational issues. As campus reporter, your role is to ensure Solent shouts about and celebrates success by gathering stories and leads and writing them up.
  • Produce rich media content (eg. photos, vlogs, soundbites) to add value to a story with an emphasis on populating social media channels.
  • The Solent brand is a core part of our communications and this role is a champion for the brand across the University.
  • Work on location across the University, attending meetings and events to grab stories.
  • Produce stories by writing, editing, proofing and uploading content onto the University’s digital channels for both internal and external audiences.
  • Monitor the News@Solent inbox, booking in jobs and assessing completion dates and reporting back on progress.

About You

  • Studying towards an undergraduate degree from Solent University in a relevant subject, eg: Journalism, PR, Media and Communication
  • Media law – desirable
  • Shorthand – desirable
  • Good understanding of the news agenda (will be tested at interview)
  • Copywriting
  • Video and audio and image production techniques
  • Social media content production
  • Excellent working knowledge of Microsoft Office suite (either on PC or Mac)
  • Newsgathering and evidence of published work (portfolio)
  • Building relationships with external clients
  • Identifying and contacting journalists
  • Briefing in stories and working as part of a team
  • Outstanding written skills and attention to detail
  • Be part of a thriving newsroom and take calls from journalists and escalate / disseminate to relevant colleagues.
  • Contribute to the development of a new forward features service.
  • Contribute to the media coverage report.
  • Understand the political dimension within the higher education sector and assist with public affairs work underway.
  • Learn the art of working with journalists – how to make and break a news story – and how to target external media coverage by pitching and ‘selling in’.
  • Support colleagues across the Corporate Communications team with activities such as internal communications campaigns and events.
  • Support other teams and duties across ER such as the organisation of high profile University events.
  • Contribute to learning and knowledge sharing by identifying new channels, platforms and media experts to tell our story.
  • Contribute to regular team meetings and ideas workshops.
  • Flexibility in working occasional evening and weekends, supporting on and off campus activities
  • Work in accordance with relevant internal and external quality standards and benchmarks and ensure activity is informed by best practice
  • Demonstrate the University’s values of respect, ownership, integrity, engagement, inclusivity and team work
  • Ensuring accurate input of data into university systems including the appropriate
  • handling of data in accordance with established University policies and procedures
  • Strong ICT skills and confidence with digital publishing and content management systems
  • Producing content at speed and ensuring quality
  • Excellent client handling and communication skills
  • Team player

I’m interested, can and how do I apply?

The placement is only available to Solent undergraduates who meet the following criteria:

  • Studying towards a Bachelor’s degree at Solent University
  • In their 2nd or 3rd years
  • Have no work experience in a professional office environment
  • Students holding a visa will need to check their Biometrics Residence Card (BRP) for work conditions.

To apply please submit your CV and Cover message.

Please refer to the very useful CV and covering letter guide on the Solent Futures Portal page to help you with your application.

Tip: Solent Futures, Solent University’s employability and enterprise service advises that you ensure your CV is the best it can be before you submit it. Look at our online guide or email for feedback. You might want to visit us in RM 001 11am – 4pm to get your CV checked and, if you are invited for interview, to arrange for a mock interview.

Location: Southampton

Salary: £8.25 per hour

Posted: 03/10/2018

Closes: 14/10/2018

Contract Type: Temporary, Work Placement, Jobs on campus

Hours: Part Time

About Campus Jobs

Campus Jobs is the University’s student recruitment service for opportunities on campus. There are a great variety of jobs, from administration to manual work, in the library, helping at events, in finance, marketing and media resources.

Please note, if you are a holder of a Tier 4 visa you will have certain conditions and working restrictions attached to your visa. Generally, students studying towards a degree level qualification (NQF6) or above are restricted to a maximum of 20 hours work per week during term time, which is reduced to 10 hours per week for students studying below degree level. Please check your visa for more details. It is a criminal offence to breach the conditions of your visa, and anyone found doing so by UK Visas and Immigration is likely to have their permission to stay in the UK cancelled.

If you are already working elsewhere at the time of starting a Campus Job, please notify your line manager and email immediately.

For more information about working on campus please look on the Solent Portal.