Journalism students awarded NCTJ certificates

Journalism students who have gained their industry qualifications at City of Wolverhampton College have celebrates their success at a presentation event.

A total of 13 students who studied for the National Council for the Training of Journalists (NCTJ) Diploma in Newspaper Journalism at the college’s Paget Road campus were presented with certificates marking their achievement by college principal Mark Robertson.

Two students – Charlie Benton and Jordan Harris – have gone on to gain jobs as reporters at the Express & Star newspaper, whilst others are now working for the Worcester News, Kidderminster Shuttle, Redditch & Alcester Advertiser and the Bromsgrove Advertiser and as a Press Officer for the Save Our NHS campaign in London.

The event was attended by the students’ family and friends, John Cary, NCTJ head of accreditation, and editors from across the midlands including Diane Davies, deputy editor of the Express & Star and Clive Joyce, editor of the Hereford Times.

They enjoyed an entertaining talk from guest speaker Christine Challand, a freelance journalist, about ethical journalism.

Mr Robertson said: “The NCTJ qualification is the professional qualification required in the newspaper industry and we are delighted to be the best college in the country for our journalism training.

“It is excellent news that so many of our students go on to exciting careers in print and broadcasting media and that Wolverhampton is recognised as the leading centre for journalism training in England.”

At the event student James Forrest, who now works at the Kidderminster Shuttle, was named Student of the Year after gaining the highest marks in all six of their exams as well as achieving a shorthand speed of 100 words per minute.

The college has been accredited by the NCTJ since 1997 and is the only accredited further education journalism training centre in the Midlands.

For the past three years it has been named the best performing NCTJ further education college in the UK and in the last academic year attracted students to the course from as far afield as Hereford and Worcester.