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Salford’s journalism course one of top four in the UK

Posted by Editor on 22nd January 2010 at 12:11 PM
Salford’s journalism course one of top four in the UK

The National Council for the Training of Journalists (NCTJ), the training body for the journalism industry, has ranked the University of Salford’s MA Journalism course as one of the top four in the UK.

In 2008/09, the Salford course rose from ninth to fourth place in the NCTJ’s annual postgraduate results table which compared 15 similar courses.

The improvement in rank was due to 50 per cent of all the students on the MA Journalism gaining A-C grades in all six NCTJ core exams and achieving a shorthand speed of 100 words per minute.

These students achieved the NCTJ preliminary Certificate in Journalism – the industry gold standard qualification.

Students studying the MA Journalism course also achieved a 100 per cent pass rate in the media law (court reporting) exam.

The course is led by Steve Panter, who worked for 25 years at the Manchester Evening News as news editor and crime reporter, covering major stories such as the IRA bombing of Manchester, the Dunblane school massacre and the Harold Shipman case. Former Daily Express north west news editor Paul Broster also teaches on the course.

Guardian columnist and former Panorama editor Steve Hewlett is a visiting professor and recent guest lecturers have included former BBC correspondent, Martin Bell; Prince Charles’ communications secretary, Paddy Haverson; the BBC’s director of news, Helen Boaden and Aaqil Ahmed, the BBC’s head of religion and ethics.

Chief Constable of Greater Manchester Police, Peter Fahy, gave a press conference for the MA students, who also interviewed Winnie Johnson, the mother of Moors Murders victim Keith Bennett.

Steve Panter said: "To see that in only our fourth year, we are so highly rated in a strongly competitive postgraduate sector, is particularly pleasing.

"The top three in the NCTJ's performance table are from Northern Ireland, Wales and the Midlands, so the Salford MA is the highest rated in the North of England.

"Accreditation enhances our reputation in the industry and is also vital in attracting students committed to journalism as a career. The group that achieved this result was highly motivated and deserves huge credit. One of the students has recently secured a full time traineeship with the BBC in London."

Photo: Steve Panter

Report as offensive or innapropriate Comment by emmadavis ( member )  22nd January 2010
Ah, we were good ;o)

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