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New two year option added to NCTJ journalism course


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June 1, 2015

A leading journalism course at Glyndŵr University, Wrexham, is offering a two year study option to make it easier for budding journalists to break into the career.

The Certificate of Higher Education in Journalism, which is accredited by the National Council for the Training of Journalists, is run in partnership with NWN Media, publisher of the Leader series of newspapers in north Wales and Cheshire.

It has previously been available over one year with studies split between university lectures and newsroom work placements.

Now it will also be open to students over two years with one day a week at university and one day a week in a newsroom working alongside experienced journalists.

Course leader, Janet Jones, senior lecturer in journalism and media communications, said that the two year option had previously been available to only trainee reporters with NWN Media.

“Aspiring journalists need both the work experience and NCTJ qualifications to get onto the journalism career ladder. We have been increasingly aware over the last few years how difficult it is for students to finance this.

“The two year option at Glyndwr University offers budding journalists a way of working part-time alongside studying for their NCTJ Diploma in Journalism and getting the work experience that editors look for.

Students from the course, which has been running for seven years, are already working on regional and national publications across the country.

Last year’s students secured a 100 per cent pass rate in their NCTJ exams, ranking the course as fourth in the UK of NCTJ accredited undergraduate programmes.

For more information visit our Journalism course page or speak to a member of our enquiries team by calling 01978 293439 or email

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