MA News Journalism course awarded best in the country at the NCTJ awards

Nottingham Trent University’s MA in News Journalism has been named the UK’s top performing postgraduate journalism course by the National Council for the Training of Journalists (NCTJ)

CBJ Staff accepting their award. (L-R) NCTJ Chairman Kim Fletcher, Lecturers Tracy Powell and Jonny Greatrex, presenter Sarah Hewson
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CBJ Staff accepting their award. (L-R) NCTJ Chairman Kim Fletcher, Lecturers Tracy Powell and Jonny Greatrex, presenter Sarah Hewson

The National Council for the Training of Journalists (NCTJ) have awarded Nottingham Trent University with the best performing postgraduate course in the UK for 2018. The MA Digital and Newspaper Journalism course, which has since been renamed MA News Journalism, was given the accolade at the NCTJ Journalism Skills Conference and Awards for Excellence this November.

The prestigious award was presented at the Quendon Hall, Essex on Thursday 29th November. The course received the award for having the highest percentage of students achieving the industry recognised NCTJ gold standard in all their professional exams, including 100 words per minute shorthand. In 2017/18, 242 students across all NCTJ accredited courses achieved the gold standard. Presenter of the awards, Sarah Hewson from Sky News, commended everyone who teaches on accredited courses for meeting the high standards set by the NCTJ on behalf of the industry.

The MA News Journalism course is based in the university’s Centre for Broadcasting & Journalism (CBJ) as part of the Department of Journalism and Media. CBJ has been training aspiring journalists for over 20 years and has previously gained awards for their undergraduate course BA (Hons) Journalism. The award complements an already well-respected and comprehensive degree, which prepares students to work at industry standard. Many graduates go on to join major media organisations such as the BBC, Sky, national newspapers, regional newsrooms, magazines and radio stations across the country following their degree.

MA in News Journalism course leader Jonny Greatrex said: "We are delighted with the award. It is a fitting recognition of the hard work of students and staff.”

"We are proud to continue to produce highly skilled graduates who can hit the ground running when they join the industry with the NCTJ's Gold Standard Diploma. We wish all our 2017-18 cohort success as they forge their careers and look forward to welcoming them back any time at NTU to share their experiences."

MA News Journalism course awarded best in the country at the NCTJ awards

Published on 7 December 2018
  • Subject area: Media, journalism and communication
  • Category: Current students; School of Arts and Humanities

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