A journalism course run by City of Wolverhampton College has been named the best in the country – for the eighth year in a row!
The college was named as the top further education provider of the academic year National Council for the Training of Journalists (NCTJ) Diploma in Journalism at the annual NCTJ Awards for Excellence at Quendon hall in Essex.
The feat was described as ‘staggering’ when it was presented and BBC apprentice Yusaf Akbar was also commended as a shortlist for the apprentice of the year award.
Dani Wozencroft, course leader for the NCTJ Diploma in Journalism, said: “To win this award for the eighth consecutive year is an amazing achievement, particularly as the college was up against tough competition from other training providers. It is particularly pleasing to note that we have not only been presented with this award again, but this year we posted our best every exam results and every single student who graduated in July is now working in the industry.
“This shows we are not resting on our laurels and are still determined to improve and be the best we can be – providing the best trainee journalists we can do – by improving every year.
“The NCTJ diploma is an intense course and this accolade is well-deserved recognition of our students’ dedication to learning and our tutors’ commitment to helping them to develop the skills and knowledge they need for successful careers in the industry,” she added.
The one-year full-time Level 3 course combines studying at college with work placements at local newspapers, magazines, radio stations, online platforms and in public relations companies and gives aspiring journalists the qualification editors look for when appointing reporters.
The latest award comes after a host of former students were recognised at the Birmingham Press Club’s annual Midlands Media Awards.
Former NCTJ students of the college Tim Spiers, from the Express & Star, and Caroline Lowbridge, from BBC East Midlands, were named Sports Journalist of the Year and Online/Digital Journalist of the Year respectively.
In addition, Ross Hawkes of Lichfield Live was shortlisted in the Blog/Columnist of the Year category, Nicholas Reid, who now works at the Derby Telegraph, was shortlisted as Features Journalist of the Year and James Iles, from the Bromsgrove & Droitwich Standard was shortlisted for Headline of the Year.
Other former students Jenny Moody, who works at the Burton Mail, and Bev Holder, of the Stourbridge News, were shortlisted for News Reporter of the Year in the daily and weekly categories.