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College pioneers new stepping stone to journalism

A journalism college has become the first to pioneer a new qualification designed to provide a “useful introduction” to the profession.

The National Council for the Training of Journalists has launched a new Certificate in Foundation Journalism qualification aimed at post-16s.

While the course is “unlikely to lead directly to a job in journalism” according to the NCTJ, it aims to provide a “first step” for those considering it as a career.

Brighton Journalist Works has now become the first centre to pilot the new course.

Paula O’Shea, managing director of Brighton Journalist Works, said: “We are delighted to be involved in piloting this exciting new journalism qualification.

“Whether you are a community reporter or contributor, blogger or someone hoping to use journalism as a way to draw attention to specific community issues, our introduction to journalism course will teach students how to research a story, ask the right questions, tell a news story, take the pictures, make it all legally and ethically sound, as well as write for digital media and features.”

The course, which is desigend for those already eduaction to GVSe level, will be taught by professional journalists via evening classes over 20 weeks at The Friends Centre, Brighton Junction.

BJW will also be delivering the qualification to A-Level students through two local schools, Brighton Hove and Sussex Sixth Form College and Hove Park School Sixth Form.

The NCTJ said in press release said the course  “can be used by those in full-time education, by those who are considering a career change or those wanting to develop new skills.

“While it is unlikely to lead directly to a job in journalism, it can provide a useful introduction to journalism and progression to the Diploma in Journalism.”

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  • September 24, 2014 at 6:24 pm

    Unlikely to lead to a job in journalism. What jobs might they be?
    A good scheme but, seriously, why would anyone want to be a journalist nowadays? Especially with a newspaper. Almost any other job must be more satisfying, sad to say. But good luck with it.

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