City University of London MA Financial Journalism students visit Brussels

Last month students from City University of London on the MA in financial journalism visited Brussels as part of their course to explore the challenges associated with reporting on Brexit. The Marjorie Deane Financial Journalism Foundation supports the MA course through funding for a professorship, studentships and support for residential trips abroad. The students made a video on their time in Brussels (see above). Tom Felle, Senior Lecturer in Journalism at City, also sends this report about what the students got up to on the trip:

It was an excellent trip, albeit we had a very packed schedule. The trip was sponsored by the European Parliament visits service, and included a talk on the work of the Parliament, how legislation is formed, the interplay between Commission, Parliament and Council on legislation, the work of the committees (particularly the ones pertaining to economics and finance; and trade) and of course Brexit. We have briefings from a number of officials as well as MEPs Seb Dance (Labour, London); Ashley Fox (Conservative group leader and MEP for South West); John Howarth (Labour South East), Jim Nicholson (UUP, NI) and Mairead McGuinness (MEP for Ireland North West and First Vice President of the European Parliament). These were mostly Q&A sessions, and proved very engaging with lots of tough questions from the students.

We had a one hour meeting with the EU Agriculture Commissioner Phil Hogan, who discussed CAP reform, the future EU Budget, global trade and Brexit in a very engaging meeting. We also met with FT Bureau Chief Alex Barker, RTE Europe Editor Tony Connolly and BBC Bureau Chief Simon Wilson, as well as a briefing on post Brexit trade, the Northern Ireland border problem and what “no regulatory divergence” means from the Irish Permanent Representative. All in all, students were very pleased with the visit.

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