Questionnaire from NTU colleague. Can you help?


I am a lecturer at the Centre for Broadcasting and Journalism at Nottingham Trent University. I am currently undertaking some collaborative academic research which is investigating the simulated working environment – the news day model- as an effective pedagogical tool in teaching tomorrow’s journalists.

We as tutors work with this model in our supervision and managing of the news day environment for both print, magazine, online and broadcast students.

As part of my research into this way of teaching I have devised a short questionnaire which I would be most grateful if you could take the time to answer and send back to me on my email address which is

It shouldn’t take very long at all.

If you also feel that I have missed out any aspect of the news day experience, please do let me know.

Any additional comments are always useful and gratefully received. All answers will be treated anonymously in the text and will be strictly confidential.

Many Thanks
Dr. Emma Hemmingway
Nottingham Trent University


How many news days do you supervise and for what level of student?
What is your experience of the students’ first impressions of the news day experience?
Do you see a change in their impression as the news days develop throughout a module- and if so, in what kinds of ways?
How close to the “real life” situation of a print or broadcast newsroom do you think the simulated environment is? Please give examples.
How does your role as an educator change from your classroom/seminar teaching to news day managing and coordinating?
How well do you feel the news day scenarios are resourced in terms of staff and technologies? Would you like to see any changes made to these resources?
How have the demands of “convergent journalism” impacted on the news day environment for BOTH students and tutors?
What do you think that students learn from the news day experience that they wouldn’t get from more traditional modes of teaching?
What changes, if any, would you like to introduce to the news day scenario?

Many thanks for your time in answering these questions and for your contribution to this research. All answers will be treated as strictly confidential and used anonymously in the journal article.

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