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07 September 2016


Aspiring journalists from north Shropshire have the chance to spend almost a year training in a working news room as part of a ground-breaking partnership between Wrexham Glyndwr University and NWN Media.

The University’s National Council for the Training of Journalists accredited Journalism course includes a supervised two-days a week placement with NWN Media’s newspapers including the Whitchurch Herald and the Border Counties Advertizer, based in Oswestry.

At the same time students will study at Wrexham Glyndwr for the NCTJ Diploma in Journalism – the essential qualification for anyone looking to break into a career in the news.

The university course was was described by the National Council for the Training of Journalists as providing a “fantastic balance of work experience and taught instruction” in its recent accreditation report.

Almost two-thirds of the students on last year’s course went into jobs as news reporters, said Janet Jones, senior lecturer in journalism at Glyndwr University.

“The unique aspect of this course is the partnership with NWN Media which means students work alongside senior journalists in real news rooms making sure they get experience of all aspects of working journalism, from feature writing to covering major emergencies or reporting on the latest celebrity visit.

“It gives students a head-start when they are looking for jobs in a very competitive industry because they have first-hand knowledge of a working news room and have been able to draw on the experience of senior journalists from October to July,” she said.

The two days each week in the news room run alongside two days at university studying for the NCTJ qualifications in video journalism for online, media law, local and central government and multi media reporting.

“The course is accredited by the NCTJ which gives students the chance to gain the essential industry qualifications they need for a career in journalism,” said Janet Jones.

Anyone interested in finding out more about the journalism courses or studying for other programmes at Glyndลตr University should contact the Student Information Desk (SID) by email at or telephone (01978) 293439.

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