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Cornwall College is seeking budding journalists for Camborne course

By WBEsme  |  Posted: January 16, 2014

Mark Benattar teaching a student on the NCTJ fast-track diploma

Mark Benattar teaching a student on the NCTJ fast-track diploma

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Time is running out for budding reporters to apply for a journalism course at Cornwall College.

Applications for the National College for the Training of Journalists (NCTJ) fast-track diploma course, which is run from the Camborne campus, will close in February.

The 18-week course has trained more than 500 journalists over the last 20 years and boasts a better than 80 per cent employment rate.

Former students from the course are working for organisations as diverse as the BBC, The Telegraph and Oxfam.

Three of last year’s course graduates are now flying high at the West Briton, Cornishman and Cornwall Today.

West Briton reporter Esmé Ashcroft, who sat the course last year, said: “The NCTJ diploma has provided a real head start to my career in journalism.

“Not only did I gain the academic qualifications needed, but I also secured my first job with an award winning paper thanks to work experience organised through the course.”

Study on the course addresses multi-platform journalism, including newspaper and magazine writing, online, video reporting and editing, practical ethics, media law, court reporting, shorthand, central, local and European government.

Course leader Mark Benattar said: “Our priority is working on real life stories and hands-on training producing reporters who can hit the ground running in whatever type of newsroom they get a job in.

“We have had dozens of students working in Cornwall and beyond with our ex-students now manning the news-desks at national broadsheets and television news channels, as well as at every other imaginable type of news and media outlet.”

Successful students can expect to find work as a reporter writing for newspapers, magazines, news agencies and online. There are also many opportunities to develop skills in radio and television.

Richard Best, Editor at the West Briton, said: “We regularly have vacancies for trainee reporters who have completed the first part of their NCTJ qualification offered by Cornwall College and Esme, Rebecca and Chloe are talented young journalists with all the basic skills and a working knowledge of Cornwall which is exactly what we need.”

After sitting the NCTJ Part 1 exams on the course trainees do 18 months in the industry before sitting the senior reporter exams.

For more information contact, 0845 2232567 or 01209 616161, or enquiries@cornwall.ac.uk

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