Darlington College NCTJ Trainees Combine Study With Weekly Newsroom Days At Northern Echo

In Adults, Courses, In the Press, News, on the 14th, July 2015

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Train to be a journalist and gain real experience from the heart of the Northern Echo’s multimedia newsroom.

From September 2015 trainees on Darlington College’s NCTJ accredited one-year journalism diploma will combine studies with a series of weekly newsroom days based at the Echo where they will be able to develop practical skills and see their work published online and in print.

The partnership between Darlington College and The Northern Echo builds on a successful work experience programme which has seen three Darlington trainees secure Echo reporting jobs in the last four years alone.

Editor of the Northern Echo Peter Barron, an alumni of the NCTJ course at Darlington, said: “There have been strong links going back decades between the NCTJ course and The Northern Echo and I’m delighted that the relationship is being formalised in this way.

“The students will receive invaluable experience of life in a modern, multi-media newsroom and The Northern Echo will benefit from the additional resource. It is a win-win situation.”

The NCTJ journalism diploma study programme includes multimedia reporting and ethics, media law, video journalism for online, public affairs and shorthand.

Two of the current Darlington College students completing their course this month have already landed jobs – one at the Northern Echo and the second as a video reporter at the North east news agency North News and Pictures.

Principal of Darlington College Kate Roe said: “This is an amazing opportunity for the next generation of reporters and we are proud to be in partnership with such a distinguished regional newspaper.”

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