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Journalism course receives two more years of NCTJ accreditation


August 28 2015

Praise has been heaped on an innovative partnership which has helped to boost the number of journalists being trained in North Wales.

Glyndŵr University’s Certificate of Higher Education in Journalism was singled out by assessors for its commitment to promoting diversity after receiving accreditation from the National Council for the Training of Journalists (NCTJ) for another two years.

The course was set up by the university in conjunction with NWN Media in 2008 to provide aspiring journalists with work experience while studying for an industry-standard professional qualification.

A panel from the NCTJ spoke highly of the course’s achievement in attracting “students from the North Wales area who would otherwise have found it to study journalism on a course outside the area.”

Quality of teaching – with all aspects of the course taught by experienced journalists - student satisfaction and the courses unique approach to helping students learn on the job were also praised.

All students joining the course are given the opportunity to work on an NWN Media title for at least one day a week alongside their studies at Glyndŵr University.

The re-accreditation means all students studying on the course work towards sitting exams for the NCTJ Diploma in Journalism. This is the standard qualification which editors look for when recruiting trainee journalists.

Janet Jones, senior lecturer in journalism and media communications, said: “We are delighted to receive accreditation for the course for two more years.

"The NCTJ qualification is a vital component for graduates looking to enter journalism and being able to offer this as part of the course is central to Glyndŵr University’s commitment to providing industry-led courses.

“Work experience provided by our partnership with NWN Media is unique and means that when students qualify they already have a significant amount of on-the-job training in journalism.

"Their transition into the industry is that little bit easier as a result, both in terms of securing a job as a trainee reporter and in what they can offer to a news organisation.”

Glyndŵr University’s Certificate of Higher Education in Journalism is available to study over one or two years.

The one year course includes two days of work placement and two days at university, with one day at a newspaper and one day in university for those studying over two years.

Places are available for 2015/16 study starting this September. For more information email

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