Highbury College in Portsmouth joined forces with the Southern Daily Echo last year to launch a ‘classroom in the newsroom’ initiative.
The one year diploma in journalism course is based at the paper’s Southampton headquarters and mixes high-quality training alongside work experience at the Southern Daily Echo and website, www.dailyecho.co.uk.
Students are learning how to be a working journalist and will leave with all the skills they need to make it on a newspaper, website, TV or radio station.
For the vast majority of applicants – particularly those under 19 - the course is free.
In its summary, the NCTJ said: 'The course is a unique partnership between a newspaper and college, providing free training for people under 19 living in the Southampton area and giving them an opportunity to become qualified journalists without going to university.
‘All the current seven students are very enthusiastic about the course and its potential. Many said they had dreamed of becoming a journalist but did not feel it was within their grasp to achieve.
‘They were enjoying the lessons, particularly shorthand, and looking forward to more involvement with the newsroom and playing a greater part in the Echo’s publications and multimedia in the future.’
David Brine, who head up Classroom in the Newsroom at the Echo, said: ‘It is a huge boost that the NCTJ has recognised what we are trying to do here in Southampton and has been so complimentary about it. The students were thrilled to hear the course had been accredited and are looking forward to tackling the various parts of the diploma while gaining an invaluable insight into life as a working journalist.’
It is the second such ‘classroom in the newsroom’ initiative to have been set up by Highbury College.
A course based at The News, Portsmouth, is in its fourth year and is taking applications for September 2017.
Paul Foster, journalism course leader at Highbury, said: ‘We’re delighted to have received NCTJ accreditation. The course is a fantastic opportunity for anyone who wants to break into the media industry. It’s not just about newspapers and websites; the skills the students are learning on this course will see them get a job across the media.
‘We know this because our previous students have done exactly that. It really is a stepping stone to getting a job without the expense of going to university.’
The diploma covers the essentials of journalism and includes reporting, public affairs, media law, court reporting, video broadcasting, and shorthand.
Highbury College in Portsmouth has more than 50 years’ experience in training journalists with a great number of success stories including ITV newsreader Mark Austin and the BBC’s Deputy Political Editor John Pienaar.
If you would like to apply visit our webpage, www.highbury.ac.uk/journalism.
For more information, search for the Highbury College Journalism Training page on Facebook.