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Jobless hacks offered cut-price training courses

A journalism training organisation is offering half-price courses for journalists who have been made redundant.

CTJT – formerly Cleland Thom Journalism Training – has put together a re-training programme which it says is specifically designed to help ex-journalists find new careers.

Said Cleland, himself a former editor: “The job situation for journalists is tragic. But there’s hope. Journalists have skills that can be used in other careers.

“The programme builds on journalists’ existing skills – and opens up a whole range of career options.

“I was jobless myself back in 2003, so I know what it’s like. But I managed to bounce back and establish CTJT and two other training organisations – and

He added: “If I can do it, anyone can.”

The programme includes sessions on how to write copy for advertising, sales, promotion and marketing, search engine optimisation, and how to start a small business.

It usually costs £750, but it is available half-price to ex-journalists receiving Jobseekers Allowance.

CTJT was established in 2003 and is now one of the UK’s largest distance learning colleges for media and writing. It has 750 students in more than 40 countries.

Further details are available on the CTJT website.


Observer (03/04/2009 08:51:43)
No wonder the advertising market has fallen flat if people can get free publicity like this.

chris gaynor (03/04/2009 09:38:59)
Great idea. I’ve used Cleland Thom’s services before and he is well worth the money. It is important to recognise that not all mainstream journalists have the skills in a developing and technological age, with the rise of citizen journalism, blogs, and social media. So a course that re-trains is useful.

Bogof (03/04/2009 09:59:32)
Make hay while the sun shines, Cleland. This is all very well but he knows as well as you and I that its our experience that counts, not certificates.