Former Editor, Pete Barron To Take On Mentor and Ambassador Role with NCTJ Students

In Adults, Apprenticeships, Employers, In the Press, News, School Leavers, on the 20th, April 2016

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Peter Barron will support students on the NCTJ accredited diploma course after playing an instrumental role in setting up a partnership between the Northern Echo and the College to train future journalists

This sees students based at a training newsroom at the newspaper title each week and working on news patches.

Students accessing the industry-recognised course study reporting and ethics, shorthand, media law, public affairs as well as key digital skills including mobile journalism.

A key feature of the Darlington College programme is a strong vocational engagement programme led by the Northern Echo newsroom day and masterclasses from industry specialists including Peter Barron. Peter will be delivering masterclasses covering campaigning, ethics and digital analytics to support the study programme.

The former editor, who continues to write for the Northern Echo, is among many well-known journalists who started their careers on the course in Darlington, including former BBC reporter John Sergeant, NBC reporter Ian Sherwood and ITV News correspondent Juliet Bremner.

Of his new advisory role with the college Peter said: “My career in journalism goes back to the NCTJ course at Darlington College and I am delighted to be able to put something back by working with the new generation of journalists.

“Darlington College has a long established reputation for journalism training and it will be a privilege to be part of it.”

Alan Jones, Curriculum Manager for Arts, Media and Publishing at the college added: “We are delighted that an editor and journalist of Peter Barron’s experience and standing is continuing his relationship with the college and inspiring journalists of the future.”

“The partnership with the Echo has proved itself to be a success and has huge benefits for students towards employability.”

Recent job destinations for Darlington journalism diploma students include The Northern Echo, North News and Pictures agency, Radio Plymouth, Scarborough News, Evening Chronicle and Headway charity.

Current students have also had the chance to gain work experience at Trinity Mirror’s Teesside Gazette and contribute to regional magazines.

To sign up for the next NCTJ Journalism Diploma, which includes a sports journalism option, go to or email Programme Leader Sue Calvert at


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