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‘Impressive’ journalism course gets seal of approval

Lisa Bradley 1A university’s journalism course has been awarded accreditation by the NCTJ.

Leeds Trinity University’s BA in Journalism has won the hallmark of excellence after impressing its accreditation panel with its course’s structure and content, the CVs of its lecturers and the facilities it offers students.

In awarding accreditation, the NCTJ said it was particularly impressed with the practical and vocational elements of the course, and the partnerships the university has developed with Yorkshire Evening Post.

The partnership with the YEP sees postgraduate trainee journalists give a daily page, which they will each have a turn to fill throughout the week and is temporarily taken over by undergraduates once the former graduate.

In its judgement, the panel wrote: “In addition to its impressive facilities and teaching of core journalism skills, Leeds Trinity University’s enthusiasm for staying in touch with the way newsroom practice is changing has meant that students are extremely well-prepared to compete for their first newsroom job.

“This is reflected in the excellent employability rates of the course’s graduates, and we look forward to working with the university.”

The accreditation means all BA Journalism students will work towards both their degree and the NCTJ diploma, the teaching for which is embedded in the programme.

Lisa Bradley, senior lecturer in journalism at the university, pictured above left, said: “We have been accredited for our postgraduate course for a number of years, but the exciting opportunities, digital teaching and emphasis on ‘real world’ journalism has now filtered down to our undergraduate programmes, and our students are going on to secure fantastic first jobs in the industry.

“We are very proud of the course, and it made sense it show to potential employers that we are producing industry standard graduates.”