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Former ITV News and Sport presenter, Dennis Coath, put students through their paces at a special voice coaching session for University of Worcester’s Journalism students.

The students – who are undergraduates on the Journalism single honours degree course - found themselves in front of camera, reading news bulletins, taking part in a round-table radio discussion and even telling stories about Noddy and Big Ears!

“It’s all part of the method to get trainees using their full vocal range,” explains Dennis. “It is very important that as presenters and reporters of the future they are able to give emphasis and interest to what they read. “

Voice coaching forms an integral part of all BJTC-accredited journalism courses. The single honours programme is currently seeking to become accredited by the Broadcast Journalism Training Council.

Journalism Subject Leader, Claire Wolfe, adds: “It’s an important part of what being a multi-platform journalist is about. Gone are the days when journalists either reported on air or worked behind the scenes. Now, they are expected to be able turn their hands to both – especially for web-based news. We are very grateful to Dennis for lending us his expertise.”

Students James Jeffrey and Jonathan Kirby found the session fun but intensive: “Working with Dennis was a fun and informative experience which gave me confidence in my voice and hopefully gave me the necessary skills to consciously develop my public speaking,” says Jon.

James adds: “When Dennis demonstrated, he gave us an example of what we should be aiming for. The way he used his voice really drew you into what he was saying. At the end of the session I felt I'd improved hugely thanks to his coaching.”

More voice training sessions are due to be run in 2012.