A second regional daily has opened up its newsroom to serve as a classroom for students at a journalism training centre.
Starting this September, the 2016 one year Diploma in Journalism will mix training alongside extensive work experience at the Echo.
For the past three years, the college has run an NCTJ-accredited ‘classroom in the newsroom’ at Portsmouth daily The News, and this programme will also continue.
Echo editor-in-chief Ian Murray said: “I’m excited the Echo is fully involved in continuing this fine training tradition as we prepare today’s students for the exciting multi-media world we operate in.
“The classroom in the newsroom will provide an amazing opportunity for real-life, hands-on training. There’s no better way of learning the skills of the trade.”
The diploma covers the essentials of journalism and includes reporting, public affairs, media law, court reporting, video broadcasting, and shorthand.
Highbury and the Daily Echo will be applying for the course to be NCTJ accredited.
Paul Foster, programme leader in Journalism at the college, said: “There’s no doubt that employers see this classroom in the newsroom as a fantastic grounding in the art of writing, publishing and broadcasting.
“We have a high rate of employment amongst our students who complete our journalism courses. In the past few years our Highbury students have progressed onto magazines, radio and TV stations, newspapers and news agencies.
“Other students have used the course as a great way of gaining work experience and securing a place at university.”