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Outstanding results for journalism training partnership

18 November 2011

An innovative partnership between a university, media group and exam awards body which is providing the blueprint for the future training of journalists has delivered another set of outstanding results.

Six of the seven students who completed the Certificate of HE in Journalism at Glyndŵr University are working as journalists in the region.

The course combines academic study at the university with regular work experience in newsrooms courtesy of industry partner NWN Media.

Students who complete the course receive a qualification accredited by the National Council for the Training of Journalists (NCTJ), the benchmark standard for the journalism industry.

The latest cohort of graduates from the course collected their awards in a presentation at the university’s Wrexham campus.

Janet Jones, senior lecturer in journalism, said: “I’d like to congratulate all of the students on their fantastic results.

 “When we set up the programme we were lucky enough to have an independent media group on our doorstep.

"Three years into the partnership the rest of the newspaper industry is starting to sit up and take notice of our model.

“The partnership has been a real success story and this is down to the work of all three partners – a university such as Glyndŵr which has been willing to adopt a unusual, non-standard academic course, a newspaper group which has been willing to support the next generation of journalists and the NCTJ, the industry body which helps to ensure stringent standards.”

Professor Michael Scott, Vice-Chancellor of Glyndŵr University, said: “Glyndŵr University is about creating things – creating opportunities for people in north east Wales and supporting industry here. In NWN Media we have a strong local partner and in the NCTJ a strong professional body.

“I’m delighted for all of the students. Not only have they come through the course and secured jobs, the profession they are entering into is one of the four pillars of democracy and that is something to be proud of.”

Joanne Butcher, chief executive of the NCTJ, said: “Glyndŵr University is now one of our leading journalism schools and I’m delighted that the course has delivered on the tremendous early promise which it showed.

“Too often the balance between academic and vocational training isn’t quite right but the university and NWN Media have developed a course here where it is spot on.”

Barrie Jones, editorial director of NWN Media, said: “We’re proud as a company to be involved with the university and the NCTJ. The course is shaping up to be a really prestigious course for anyone looking to work in journalism.”

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

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