Johnny’s coming home!
CBJ old boy John Collins is coming back to the centre – this time as a broadcast lecturer.
The 33-year-old graduated from NTU in 2004 with an MA in Radio Journalism.
Since then, he’s had just about every news and programming job imaginable at some of the UK’s biggest radio stations. He’s either read the news, scheduled the music, devised the competitions or managed the newsrooms of stations as varied as Heart, Galaxy, LBC, Capital, Real and Free Radio.
Having spent the last three years working for the BBC as a reporter, producer and football, cricket and horse-racing commentator, he’s decided the time is right to no longer get up at 3.50am every day.
He said: “I’m really looking forward to being back at the CBJ. It’s not just the ‘lie-ins’ I’ll be able to enjoy, but Nottingham is just such an amazing city to live and work in. I promised myself that I’d return and I’m so happy that I’ll be able to do it at the place that kick-started my own career.
“The facilities are better than those you find in many professional newsrooms up and down the country and the opportunities afforded to the students by Platform, Fly FM, Notts TV and Trent TV are second-to-none. Having been one of the students who set up CBJ’s online radio station Norman (Nottingham Online Radio Music And News) back in 2004, I’m looking forward to seeing what’s happened to my baby!”
Also joining the CBJ team is Jackie Derbyshire who has been working her way around newsrooms across Notts since 1997.
Jackie started her career as a photo-journalist at the Chad (Mansfield Chronicle and Advertiser for the uninitiated) before a short spell in production as a sub-editor.
This was followed by eight years as news editor at the award-winning Worksop Guardian where she helped develop the skills of a team of trainees, some of whom are now editors!
A recent return to the roots of reporting, working back at the Chad and the Hucknall Dispatch, has enabled Jackie to know what is needed of today’s journalist in a 24/7 multi-platform newsroom.
“I can’t wait to get started at NTU, meet the students and play a part in shaping the journalists of tomorrow,” said Jackie. “I too am overwhelmed with the facilities at the CBJ and I’m thrilled I get to work in such a vibrant and inspiring environment.”