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Nationals crown same university UK’s best for journalism

Marie KinseyTwo national newspaper have crowned the same university journalism department as the UK’s best this year.

Both The Guardian and The Times have ranked the University of Sheffield’s department of journalism studies number one in their respective league tables.

Sheffield also came fourth in the Complete University Guide’s communication and media studies table, which includes journalism courses, with Newcastle topping that chart.

Strathclyde was ranked second in The Guardian’s guide, with Oxford Brookes, Kingston and Cardiff making up the rest of the top five.

In The Times list, also for communications and media studies courses, Loughborough was ranked joint top with Sheffield, with Leeds, Newcastle and Lancaster filling up the rest of the top five

Strathclyde was also ranked second in the Complete University Guide, with Loughborough placed third and Lancaster fifth.

Professor Marie Kinsey, pictured above left, joint head of the department of journalism studies and professor of journalism education at the University of Sheffield, said: “All of us in the department are exceptionally proud that the University of Sheffield is recognised as the UK’s double number one for journalism.

“The achievement is testament to the hard work of all our staff, past and present, and of our students and alumni who go on to do brilliant things in the world of journalism and beyond.

“We think it’s absolutely crucial that our students appreciate the history of journalism, media ethics and law, and threats to freedom of expression around the world.

“That’s every bit as important as teaching newsgathering, digital publishing, video editing and social media. Our students get the big picture and their journalism is better for it.”

The three league tables are as follows:

The Guardian The Times The Complete University Guide
1 Sheffield 1= Loughborough 1 Newcastle
2 Strathclyde 1= Sheffield 2 Strathclyde
3 Oxford Brookes 3 Leeds 3 Loughborough
4 Kingston 4 Newcastle 4 Sheffield
5 Cardiff 5 Lancaster 5 Lancaster