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CMP’s online courses provide a new start for journalists

Newspapers have traded in doom and gloom since the first ever editions rolled off the presses.

But now, the industry’s own tale of woe is never far from the headlines.

Tumbling circulations and plummeting advertising revenues mean almost every local and regional title is in steep decline. Hundreds of journalists have lost their jobs over the past 10 years.

However, the bad news can present journalists with a huge opportunity.

The College of Media and Publishing (CMP) has helped dozens of journalists retrain and find better-paid careers in other sectors.

CMP principal Cleland Thom said: “Journalists have a good range of transferable skills. They are great at research, analysing data, writing, editing and developing creative ideas. And, their ‘nose for news’ is an unusual and marketable asset.

“These skills are used by copywriters, SEO specialists, digital marketers, content producers, web editors, PRs, and communications specialists.”

CMP runs accredited Level 4 courses in all these sectors and has retrained journalists who have gone on to rewarding jobs. Some groups, such as Archant, Trinity Mirror and Johnston Press, have included CMP courses in journalists’ severance packages.

Cleland, former group editor and Press Gazette legal columnist, also provides free post-course support to help learners find jobs.

He added: “We help people with their online profiles, CVs and preparation for job interviews.
“And, we have a huge client base, including PR companies, copywriting agencies and various organisations in other media sectors, and can make introductions.”

“There’s no limit to what can be achieved with extra training. And, because we’re online, you can fit studying around work and family, making it the easiest way to take your career to the next level.”

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