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Whitireia students get taste of Campbell Live

Aug 10th, 2009 | By | Category: Front Page Layout, Latest News, News

johnmainWHITIREIA Journalism School has had an unscheduled visit from the host and executive producer of popular TV3 current affairs show Campbell Live.

John Campbell and Carol Hirschfeld were spotted walking down Cuba St by journalism student Kara Lok and were quickly convinced by programme head Jim Tucker to meet the National Diploma in Journalism class.

The pair – who were catching up with colleagues at TV3’s Wellington office to mark Ms Hirschfeld’s departure to Maori Television – spoke passionately for an hour about the industry, their careers, personal experiences and why they became journalists.

John Campbell told the class her departure was a major milestone in his professional career because they had worked together for 12 years: “As executive producer, she was the boss.”

He paid tribute to his colleague’s guidance on such issues as journalistic impartiality, citing their coverage of the so-called “smacking” debate, which might easily have been influenced by his own “non-smacking” upbringing, but wasn’t.

“That’s an example of taking Carol’s advice and keeping my opinions out of it.”

Other topics discussed included Hirschfeld’s new role as head of programming at Maori Television, Campbell’s on-air “ambush” of Helen Clark about Nicky Hager’s Corngate book, what happened when he busted through the police cordon during the Napier gunman siege, the legal trouble he’s facing for not revealing who stole the Waiouru war medals, the hard work that goes into producing Campbell Live, and media ethics.

Both were well received by the students, who were still star-struck and buzzing long after they had left the school newsroom.

PICTURE: Carl Suurmond

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