Northern Echo editor Peter Barron featured the training of Darlington College’s trainee NCTJ journalists in his latest column

In News, on the 26th, January 2016

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THERE are journalists all over the world who were trained in Darlington. For decades, the town has not only been known for giving birth to the railways but nurturing careers in the media.

Eminent members of the profession who cut their teeth at Darlington College include John Sergeant, who became the BBC’s Chief Political Correspondent and Political Editor of ITN; Ian Sherwood, Senior Editor of International News for NBC News; and ITV news reader Juliet Bremner.

Although he never reached those dizzy national heights, the current occupant of the editor’s chair at The Northern Echo also trained at Darlington College back in the “hot metal” days of 1980 and even met his future wife there.

The Echo has always enjoyed a strong relationship with the journalism course at Darlington College for decades but it has been taken to a new level for the latest intake of students.

For the first time, an integral part of the course is now a newsroom day at The Northern Echo’s head office in Priestgate, Darlington.

Every Thursday, the students on the National Council for the Training of Journalists (NCTJ) pre-entry course spend the day working from our building. They attend news conferences, integrate with our journalists, and produce real content which is published in our newspapers and on our websites.

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