Portsmouth journalism students on best course in UK

Journalism senior lecturer Bernie Saunders, centre, receiving the NCTJ Award CREDIT: Josh Redman Photography

The University of Portsmouth journalism course has been recognised as the best undergraduate university course in the UK by the National Council for the Training of Journalists (NCTJ).

Portsmouth was awarded ‘Best performing higher education undergraduate course’, at the 2018 NCTJ Awards for Excellence gala dinner and ceremony.

The University of Portsmouth was highly rated because its students were the most successful in gaining the NCTJ Gold Standard Diploma in 2017-18.

The NCTJ is the industry’s leading training body.

It accredits journalism courses across the UK and an NCTJ qualification is widely recognised as the gold standard in journalism in the UK and abroad.

Course leader Ian Tapster said: “The award is testament to the hard work and excellent attitude of the 2018 graduating cohort, as well as the commitment and enthusiasm of the journalism teaching team.

“The NCTJ Diploma provides graduates with a significant boost to their career prospects and is the key qualification that editors look for when recruiting new professional journalists. The qualification tells employers that graduates possess the vital skills of finding and telling stories in a multi-media environment.”

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