7th August 2000




A Journalism student from Longthorpe has landed a training contract with the BBC after spending a fortnight with the corporation on work experience.


Waseem Mirza (20), a first-year student at the University of Lincolnshire & Humberside in Lincoln spent two weeks at the BBC Asian Network, a national station broadcasting internationally via the web and throughout the UK via medium-wave radio and digital TV.


Now he has secured a short-term contract as a trainee journalist and is thought to be the first degree student to undertake a placement with a national broadcaster in the first year of his course.


Waseem, from Elmore Road, Longthorpe, spent the fortnight at BBC Radio Leicester and at the BBC's Pebble Mill studios in Birmingham. “Thanks to my broadcast lecturer, Deborah Wilson, I was lucky enough to obtain a placement with the Asian Network, but this is just the beginning!” he said.


“I'm excited by the offer of a training contract with the BBC and would like to thank the BBC Asian Network for this excellent opportunity."


Waseem's journalistic skills were put to good use throughout his placement as he worked alongside broadcast journalists to deliver voice pieces live on air. He believes that his involvement earlier in the year with Siren FM , his university’s radio station, gave him excellent grounding for the work at the BBC.


He is now working part-time and completing his training contract at BBC Radio Leicester before returning to studies in Lincoln in September.


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A photograph of Waseem at the BBC is available by email. To request a photograph, or for more information, contact Jez Ashberry, Press and Media Relations Manager

University of Lincolnshire & Humberside (tel: 01522 886042).