By Alice Young
Paul Stanworth, deputy editor at Newsbeat, will visit Leeds Trinity University next week as part of the annual Journalism and Media Week event.
Newsbeat is the flagship news programme on BBC Radio 1 and BBC Radio 1Xtra, making sense of the world for 16-24-year-olds and covering the stories they care about.
Before Newsbeat, Paul worked at ITV’s Good Morning Britain, Radio 5 Live and BBC local radio.
Paul’s role involves providing editorial leadership in the news and media coverage across all platforms.
Newsbeat aims its radio, online and social media content to young people who wouldn’t naturally sit down for BBC News at Ten – in a way which makes the news easier to consume.
Paul said: “We help our audience make sense of the world – no jargon, no talking-heads, no presumed knowledge.
“We do stories which are relative to their lives – mental health issues and body image rank highly.
“Our listeners inform our coverage all the time.
“They contact us with stories too – last year, we made special programmes about the support available for children of people diagnosed with early-onset dementia.”
With the ever-evolving political developments of a news item such as Brexit, the younger audience plays a key role in the style of coverage.
Paul said: “Brexit coverage is a real challenge – it can become very complicated very quickly but it’s really important that we’re explaining what’s happening to our audience.
“We pride ourselves on keeping it simple and explaining each day’s developments in clear, straightforward language.”
Paul will be attending Leeds Trinity University for the event on November 7, along with Radio 1 newsreader, Roisin Hastie.
Their talk, From Brexit to Beyoncé: Doing the news on Radio 1 and 1Xtra will take place between 2.00 – 2.45pm.