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Janet Jones

Senior lecturer in journalism and media communications

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Janet Jones

Room: K4


+44 (0) 1978 293572


Janet is an experienced journalist who has worked at senior level in the newspaper industry.  She also works closely with the national training body for journalists.

She won a coveted place on the Midland News Association in-company training scheme as a teenager and went on to work for the company’s award-winning newspapers including the Express and Star – the country’s biggest regional daily newspaper outside London.

She is passionate about public interest journalism and maintaining high standards of ethical reporting in local news through top quality training.

She is currently chief examiner for the National Council for the Training of Journalists’ public affairs exam board and former chair.

After working as a senior reporter and news editor with the Midland News Association’s stable of 25 newspapers, she joined the company’s in-training scheme as a journalism trainer.

“I was given a fantastic start in my journalism career through the MNA’s training scheme and it was a real privilege to return to it as the editorial training officer.  Over eight years I was able to help young journalists start their careers and it’s now wonderful to see their names cropping up in TV radio and national newspapers,” she said.

Janet was Welsh Affairs Editor with the Shropshire Star when Princess Diana was killed in the Paris road crash and was able to lead the tributes to her work and dedication to Wales.

“I was also Welsh Affairs Editor at the time of the referendum on Welsh devolution which was an incredibly exciting time in Welsh politics. The coverage included winning an interview with Prime Minister Tony Blair on some of the devolution issues which was a fantastic opportunity and experience.”

Janet joined the Glyndwr University lecturing team in 2007. She went onto launch the innovative journalism scheme, the Certificate of HE in Journalism, with work experience placements and NCTJ accreditation embedded into the programme.

She specialises in media law, lecturing in this and journalism on the Broadcasting and Journalism and Media Communications degree programme as well as the one-year NCTJ-accredited Certificate of HE in Journalism.

Outside of university life she is involved in staging village events such as a sculptural bonfire, music festival and village pantomime. She recently put in an appearance as a nine foot high dragon in her village Mummers Play.

NCTJ qualified senior journalist

Post Graduate Certificate in Professional Development, Glyndwr University

Broadcasting, Journalism and Media Communications: media law and ethics in first, second and third year.

Certificate of HE in Journalism

Media law and ethics, public affairs and practical journalism

Public interest journalism

Digital journalism