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Journalist goes back to college – as head of course he graduated from

CMP_0517-Edit_fullresA former regional journalist is returning to college to lead his old university course – 11 years after he graduated from it.

Jonny Greatrex left Nottingham Trent University with an MA in Newspaper Journalism in 2007 before going on to train at the Birmingham and Post and Mail.

He rose to be digital development editor at the West Midlands titles before leaving in 2015 to become BA Multimedia Journalism course leader at Canterbury Christchurch University.

Now after a three-year stint Jonny, left, has returned to his East Midlands alma mater to lead NTU’s NCTJ-accredited MA in News Journalism, the successor to his former course.

Said Jonny, 35: “To be returning to NTU to lead my old course gives me a feeling of immense pride. My time at NTU set me up really well for entry into the industry and meant I was able to land a traineeship at a major regional publisher.

“The course has an excellent reputation, I hope I can keep that going while inspiring a new generation of journalists.”

Nottingham Trent University Head of Department of Journalism and Media Mark Dunford added: “”I’m  delighted to  welcome Jonny back to NTU after his successful time in industry and academia.

“It is important for the current generation of students to be taught by someone who honed his skills and knowledge here in  the Centre for Broadcasting and Journalism. His success is a testament to the work of everyone who has worked here”.

While at the Birmingham Mail, Jonny was part of the team which landed Regional Press Awards Website of the Year and Digital Award in 2015.

He then helped CCCU journalism students relaunch the university’s defunct campus newspaper Unified as a multi-platform news operation, winning the Best Newcomer prize at the Student Publications Association 2018 awards.


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  • October 2, 2018 at 10:02 am

    With the printed media – newspapers and magazines – in seemingly terminal decline, do we need so many degree courses teaching bright young things how to be journalists? It would be interesting to know what percentage of students find work in the profession within a few months of graduating. If, as I suspect, many end up in other careers, perhaps a reduction in the number of journalism courses would be beneficial. It could force an increase in the pitifully low pay offered by employers.

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  • October 2, 2018 at 11:43 am

    Don’t waste £30-£50,000 on a journalism degree, you can do a NCTJ free if under 19, or under £5,000 if over 19. The Schools need to give proper advice, but don’t sadly.

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  • October 3, 2018 at 9:32 am

    Our daughter’s partner got a 1st class degree in journalism some years ago. He now has a good job but even with the degree it took him 2 years to get a job and he worked in a Costa coffee bar ro make ends meet. Degrees are fine but there are too many of them. I increasingly worry that too many young people are being misled into getting a degree and then find themselves thousands of pounds in debt in a job which years ago would have been obtained with GCSEs.

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