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“Behind the cameras, in front of the stories”: BBC Breakfast producer Claire Ryan to discuss her career and story productions during JMW

Yorkshire Voice

By Riccardo Trono

BBC Breakfast producer Claire Ryan will be giving her tips on finding stories to Leeds Trinity University Journalism students next week.

She is among the several personalities from across the media industry who will attend Leeds Trinity’s annual Journalism and Media Week, which this year will be carried out online from 2 to 5 November.

Beginning her career as a radio journalist in Hull, Claire climbed her way up the industry to become the producer of one of the nation’s favourite news programmes, BBC Breakfast.

As well as describing the process of finding and broadcasting stories, she will also discuss the fascinating – and painstaking – work that takes place behind the scenes we watch on TV.

Claire produced a number of popular stories this year, including Marcus Rashford’s interviews for World Book Day and on his campaign for free school meals and, recently, the documentary My year with MND on Rugby League legend Rob Burrow, who has suffered from Motor Neurone Disease since December 2019.

Darren Harper, sports journalism programme leader at Leeds Trinity, commented: “Claire has a fascinating story to tell, from starting in the industry as a radio journalist in Hull – rising to producer on BBC Breakfast.

“She has been fundamental in the biggest stories this year, such as Marcus Rashford and Rob Burrow. I think students will gain a vast amount from hearing her thoughts on finding stories and how to broadcast them.”

Her talk, Behind the cameras, in front of the stories, will begin at 2pm on Thursday 5 November and will be broadcast live on Leeds Trinity’s Facebook and YouTube channels.

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