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Journalism partnership going from strength to strength

14 February 2012

A ground-breaking partnership to produce young journalists in north Wales has brought top results in the classroom and the workplace.

More than half of the students on the Certificate of HE in Journalism at Glyndŵr University – a joint initiative between the university and leading regional news group, NWN Media - went on to take up jobs in journalism.

And the programme’s exam results in 2010-11 have put it fifth in the UK table for comparable courses.

Glyndŵr 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.

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

Janet Jones, senior lecturer in journalism at Glyndŵr University, said that the partnership with NWN Media was a unique aspect of the course.

“It 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 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.

She added that the programme had been further expanded this year to include a radio placement with Heart FM in Wrexham.

Recruitment is now under way for the next journalism course, which starts in September.

Anyone interested in finding out more or studying for other programmes at Glyndŵr University should contact the Student Information Desk (SID) by email at sid@glyndwr.ac.uk or telephone (01978) 293439.

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