Journalism BA Wins Industry Backing
“Gold Star” Journalism Course Wins Industry Backing – And Praise. Journalism courses at Canterbury Christ Church University are “exemplary” delivering a “rich learning experience” for students, according to the industry’s main broadcast accrediting body.
The Broadcast Journalist Training Council ( BJTC) praised CCCU’s Multimedia Journalism (MMJ) course and awarded it full three-year accreditation starting from September 2015.
The move marks even greater success from last year when the MMJ course won a one-year accreditation with the BJTC describing it as a “Gold Star” course.
The BJTC said the University’s journalism team this year had crafted a rich learning experience with an industry-facing course. Online journalism was praised as being “a very strong part of this course.”
The visiting body watched students participating in live “Newsdays” – an exercise designed to replicate what happens in real newsrooms – and described the students as making “nicely constructed packages” producing “a confident level of reporting and live studio skills.”
Professor David Bradshaw, who moved to Canterbury after setting up the country’s first multimedia journalism course at Bournemouth said he was delighted with the award.
“The BCTJ is a highly respected industry body and for them to award a full three-year accreditation is a wonderful reflection on the hard work of our students and on the enthusiasm and dedication of our highly skilled staff.”
“Our students love the course and derive a great deal of satisfaction from it. It is wonderful to see them now going on to take some great jobs in a highly competitive market.”
Journalism at Canterbury is relatively new (this year sees only our 5th cohort to take finals) but already the course is making significant strides – and, crucially, it’s our own students who are leading the way with many graduates now in top-level industry starter jobs across all media.
Here is just a small sample of the journalist jobs our graduates are currently enjoying:
- Researcher ITN . Reporter Sunday Times.
- Reporter, Digital Spy. Editor, Canterbury Enterprise group.
- News Editor, Academy FM Radio.
- Copywriter. Reporter, CanterburyPeople.co.uk.
- Online editor, The Rugby Paper.
- New Media Reporter, FTSE Global markets.
- Research journalist. Infogr8.
- Editorial Assistant, Cosmetic Weekly News.
- Editorial Assistant, LittleBlackDress.co.uk
- Reporter/Presenter, Island FM.
- Reporter, DIY Weekly.
- Reporter, Kent Messenger.