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Groundbreaking journalism course gets top marks

29 July 2011

A ground-breaking partnership involving leading regional newspaper group NWN Media has earned a specialist journalism course at Wrexham’s Glyndŵr University full marks from a panel of industry experts.

The university’s Certificate of Higher Education in Journalism was described by the National Council for the Training of Journalists as providing a “fantastic balance of work experience and taught instruction.”

The journalism course includes a supervised two-days a week placement with NWN Media’s ten newspapers across North Wales and Chester.

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

The NCTJ has renewed its accreditation of the course after a panel of journalism experts agreed that it met all seven accreditation standard aims and performance indicators.

The NCTJ’s head of accreditation, Michelle Patient, said: “Panellists unanimously agreed that this course provides a fantastic balance of work experience and taught instruction that gives students the chance to apply their knowledge as they learn.

“Further, it is providing NWN Media and other media organisations with trainees who have the skills needed in the newsroom. Students have a clear grasp of the relevance of what they learn because of this structure.”

She added: “The leadership is excellent, and the course leader is to be commended for anticipating the needs of the diploma and putting the necessary structure in place to meet those needs by increasing reporting, portfolio and shorthand hours and extending the course from one to two days.”

Course leader Janet Jones – senior lecturer in journalism at Glyndŵr University – said the comments vindicated the hard work put in by the dedicated team of course tutors.

“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.

“It gives students a head start when they are looking for jobs in a very competitive industry,” she said.

Almost two thirds of the students on last year’s course went straight into jobs as new reporters, she added.

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