MA Journalism course accredited by leading industry body

Tuesday 21 April 2015

Journalism academics at the University of Salford have won praise after their flagship postgraduate programme was accredited by a leading industry body.


A panel of inspectors from the National Council for Training of Journalists (NCTJ), including editors from BBC, ITV and regional newspapers, awarded the training body’s kitemark to PGDip/MA Journalism for the sixth consecutive time.

They praised the quality and relevance of lecturers and were impressed by innovative teaching, including a module in which students produce assessed news and sports stories for Trinity Mirror titles, including the Manchester Evening News.

Students also make their own news programmes for the University’s Quays TV and Quays Radio at MediaCityUK as well as undertaking placements at the BBC, ITV, Key 103, The Sun and local newspapers.

Paul Broster, Programme Leader for MA Journalism, said: “The NCTJ inspectors recognised that our lecturers all have very strong backgrounds as journalists and that our students are not only immersed in journalism at the University, but also some of the best newsrooms in the industry.”

Lecturers include BBC broadcast journalists Andrew Lindsay and Caroline Cheetham, ITV news correspondent Andrew Fletcher, former Manchester Evening News Deputy Editor Ian Wood, BBC Sport’s Martin Hamer and award-winning tabloid reporter Debbie Manley.

Thirty students are currently studying on the programme, which also includes modules on media law, ethics, newsgathering, news writing for print and online, broadcast news, and sports reporting.

Many recent graduates have gone on to jobs at the BBC and a range of newspaper titles including the Manchester Evening News, Hull Daily Mail and Plymouth Herald.

The accreditation process involves the NCTJ inspecting programmes every two years to ensure they meet industry standards.