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14th October 2019

Newly qualified journalists will be celebrating their success and new jobs at a presentation event at City of Wolverhampton College on Friday (18 October).  

Eight students who have completed the National Council for the Training of Journalists (NCTJ) Diploma in Journalism at the college will be presented with their certificates by Martin Wright, editor in chief of the Express & Star and the Shropshire Star and member of the NCTJ board of directors.  

Since finishing exams in June, many of the students have already secured jobs in the industry – including at the Express & Star, Shropshire Star and BBC Radio Shropshire, as well as completing a placement at online Asian magazine Desiblitz.  

NCTJ tutor Dani Wozencroft said: “The NCTJ course is the industry standard qualification for journalists. It combines studying at college with work placements at local newspapers, magazines, radio stations or news agencies and really prepares students for life in the industry.      

I am extremely proud that, yet again we had a 100% pass rate – with many achieving Gold Standard which includes 100 words per minute shorthand – and many have walked straight into jobs, I am delighted for them.”   

The one-year full-time Level 3 diploma covers essential journalism, court reporting, media law, public affairs, ethics, video journalism and shorthand, and gives aspiring journalists the qualification editors look for when appointing reporters.  

The college has been accredited by the NCTJ since 1997 and is the only accredited further education journalism training centre in the Midlands.  It has been named the best performing NCTJ further education college in the UK for eight consecutive years and is helping to train the BBC’s radio apprentices across the country as well as working with the Express & Star on its journalism apprenticeship scheme. 

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