Friday, 10 July 2015
The University of Worcester’s Journalism course has been recognised as part of an elite group of providers, by being awarded full industry accreditation.
The Broadcast Journalism Training Council (BJTC) – the largest independent journalism accreditation body in the UK – awarded the course with full accreditation after undertaking a rigorous quality inspection earlier this year.
The award means that Worcester’s course is one of only three fully accredited undergraduate programmes in the West Midlands, and will further increase employment opportunities for students seeking careers in the media industry.
The full accreditation follows numerous developments of the University’s Journalism offering; the latest of which was the completion of a digitally upgraded television studio with new server, able to deal with multi-platform content.
The BJTC report focused on the high quality facilities, stating: “The University has invested heavily in resources and facilities to deliver a modern journalism course that reflects industry practice.”
While the television and radio studios with linked newsroom provide outstanding facilities for broadcasting, the Journalism course also has a strong print pathway, allowing students to develop their skills in a range of different areas.
Claire Wolfe, Subject Leader for Journalism at Worcester, explains: “Our course meets the needs of industry across a range of platforms, which is so important in the converged media landscape in which we now operate.
“The jobs that our students go to immediately after leaving us bear testimony to that, with alumni in TV, radio, print, photography, online and also in social media management.”
The BJTC works in partnership with all the main employers in the UK broadcast industry; BBC, ITV, Associated Press, Sky News, Channel 4 News, National Union of Journalists, Creative Skillset, Reuters and the Radio Centre.
Internship opportunities arise through this association, but in addition the University of Worcester has a Media Diversity Partnership with the BBC, along with links with print and online news providers.