Monday, 06 August 2012
The University of Worcester has today received industry accreditation from the Broadcast Journalism Training Council, placing it in a select group of universities.
This industry kitemark ensures that standards of journalism tuition are maintained at the highest level. It also enables opportunities for students to undertake a range of work placements within the broadcasting sector and to compete effectively in the marketplace.
This follows a fact finding visit to the University in April when a BJTC panel, led by former broadcast journalist Steve Harris, watched students deliver a series of live news bulletins.
Claire Wolfe, Subject Leader for Journalism at the University of Worcester, said: “We are absolutely delighted and feel this will help our students to maximise opportunities while studying and also when they enter the workplace.
“It recognises the enormous strides that have been made with the teaching of Journalism here at Worcester in the last few years. It is a credit to our students too who were also under the spotlight during the news day.”
The BJTC states its aim is to “make our students more employable and to deliver them to the jobs starting gate with the skills and knowledge that employers are looking for”.
Worcester’s course receives ‘pending accreditation’ status and the full benefits of being an approved learning centre, with full validation coming after students have been tracked into relevant employment.
Guest lecturer Jeff Berliner, former news editor of the flagship programme TV-am, also came to see Worcester’s news day in action.
He said: “I am sure that the University of Worcester course will rival the best in the country. The team working on the live radio bulletins rose to the occasion with distinction.
“I was impressed by the commitment, dedication and enthusiasm of the students and staff. There is considerable talent on the course, and I am sure that many of the students will go far.”
A significant investment in the Journalism resources at the University is currently underway with two new radio studios under construction and improvements to the TV and web production facilities to follow.