Journalists who completed their industry qualification at City of Wolverhampton College will be celebrating their success – and their new jobs – at a presentation event on Friday, 19 November.
Seven students who gained the National Council for the Training of Journalists (NCTJ) Diploma in Journalism will be presented with their certificates by Rob Mayor, political correspondent for BBC Midlands Today and BBC Radio WM.
They will be joined at the event by 12 students who completed their qualification in 2020 but were unable to be presented with their certificates due to coronavirus restrictions, as well as Mark Drew, deputy editor at the Express & Star, Anna Jeys, audience and content director at Reach PLC, and Stuart Anderson, MP for Wolverhampton South West.
Since finishing their exams in June, many of the students are now working in the industry – including at the Express & Star, Stourbridge News, Berkshire Live, Oxford Mail, Hereford Times, Coventry Telegraph and The Sun.
NCTJ tutor Dani Wozencroft said: “The college has been named as the best performing NCTJ further education college in the UK for ten consecutive years and this is evidenced by the number of students who have passed the course and gone on to get jobs in the industry.
“It has been a particularly tough couple of years with lockdowns and remote learning, but our students have coped incredibly well, adapting to a different way of teaching and continuing to thrive.
“The industry has been through a difficult time as well, with lots of change, but it is great to see our students succeeding and the industry recruiting excellent trainee journalists which will make a difference in the area they serve.”
The one-year full-time Level 3 NCTJ diploma covers essential journalism, court reporting, media law, public affairs, ethics, video journalism and shorthand.
The college has been accredited by the NCTJ since 1997 and is the only accredited further education journalism training centre in the Midlands and has been named the best performing NCTJ further education college in the UK for ten consecutive years.
Get details of the NNTJ Level 3 Diploma here