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Four new journalism courses gain accreditation

The National Council for the Training of Journalists has awarded accredited status to four new journalism courses including the first two-year journalism degree to gain accreditation the first fashion journalist course.

Staffordshire University has gained accreditation for its two-year BA journalism degree while Sunderland University’s BA in fashion journalism has also been given approval.

The Diploma in Journalism courses at Coventry University College and the Diploma in Magazine Journalism at Lambeth College also join the list of NCTJ-accredited courses.

The training body has also re-accredited 17 existing courses which it said “continue to show a commitment to providing the gold-standard qualification and delivering high-quality journalism training to students who have the talent and dedication to succeed in their journalism careers.”

The new courses accredited for the first time are:

  • Coventry University College – Diploma in Journalism
  • Lambeth College – Diploma in Magazine Journalism
  • Staffordshire University – BA Journalism (two-year fast-track)
  • University of Sunderland – BA Fashion Journalism

Courses which have had their accreditation renewed are:

  • Bournemouth University – BA (Hons) Multimedia Journalism
  • Cardonald College – HND Journalism Studies
  • De Montfort University – BA (Hons) Journalism; PGDip/MA Journalism
  • News Associates – Diploma in Multimedia Journalism (fast-track, full and part-time)
  • Staffordshire University – BA Journalism; MA Journalism
  • The Sheffield College, Norton College – Fast-track Press Photography and Photojournalism
  • The Robert Gordon University – MSc Journalism
  • University of Brighton – BA Sports Journalism
  • University of Sunderland – BA (Hons) Journalism; BA (Hons) News Journalism; BA (Hons) Magazine Journalism; BA (Hons) Sports Journalism; MA/PGDip Journalism; MA/PGDip Magazine Journalism; MA Sports Journalism


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  • October 2, 2012 at 8:50 am

    Just what we need – another raft of courses churning out poorly-prepared people expecting to walk into a job, and getting a very rude awakening. Doesn’t the industry training board give any thought to the number of places which should be provided, or is it just a case of as many bums on seats as possible and collect the fees? BA in sports journalism? Be serious. And I’m amazed Staffordshire has a new course on the books, everyone I have ever seen from there has been a dud.

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  • October 2, 2012 at 9:33 am

    Can I suggest that, for the benefit of the few who do find a job, the lecturers give them an afternoon’s training on redundancy and finding a second career?

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  • October 2, 2012 at 10:24 am

    Employer Ed – The universities and colleges wouldn’t be trying to get accredited if there was no demand for it. People still want to train as journalists (heaven help them), so better they do it properly through an accredited course, than through an unaccredited one which leaves them to find out at the end when they start applying for jobs that they’ve essentially wasted three years. I just hope the lecturers and tutors are in touch with people still working as journalists so they can give the pupils a realistic view of what their future career may involve.

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  • October 2, 2012 at 10:39 am

    Surely the way forward is to have apprenticeships in newspapers with day release. At least that way training and jobs are linked and we wouldn’t have a glut of trained and capable journalists scratching around for jobs or poorly paid freelance work.

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