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New wave of journalists prepare to enter the media industry after exam success at Wrexham Glyndwr University

20 November 2017

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Photo: (l to r) Rachel Wheatley, James Wilde, Janet Jones, Owain Farrington and Callum Rice-Coates.

Young journalists have celebrated the completion of the first stage of their industry training at Wrexham Glyndwr University.

Editors and academics paid tribute to students who have completed the university's Certificate of Higher Education in Journalism at a presentation ceremony in the university's Centre for the Creative Industries.

Students from the course, which is the only National Council for the Training of Journalists (NCTJ) accredited programme in North Wales, are already working in sports journalism, broadcasting, public relations and communications.

They collected certificates for their industry-standard NCTJ qualifications from  university Vice Chancellor Professor Maria Hinfelaar and BBC Wales news organiser, Cath Steward.

Course leader, Janet Jones, praised the students’ enthusiasm and commitment in achieving an outstanding set of university and NCTJ results.

“Today is to celebrate your achievements and congratulate you on gathering the essential qualifications for your media careers. You have been a joy to work with and it is our pleasure to see you all progressing so well in your careers,” she said.

She added that the university team was looking forward to the start of the new NCTJ-accredited journalism degree in September 2018 building on the success of the Certificate of HE in Journalism.

Janet said: “The full degree gives students the chance to achieve an academic degree in journalism as well as the industry’s NCTJ qualifications plus an extensive newsroom work placement in the final year provided by one of our with partner media organisations.

“We have been working with news and media groups since 2008 and the placements give our students a huge head-start in a competitive market."

The university’s media suite also includes a broad media and communication degree which offers a wider programme of studies aimed at careers across the industry.

Further information about the journalism and media degrees available at Wrexham Glyndwr University is available by emailing Janet Jones at or Jon Simcock at