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A COLLEGE in Cosham has been named as the best place in the UK for training future journalists.

Highbury College was hailed as the best-performing further education institution for its journalism course at the National Council for the Training of Journalist (NCTJ) Awards.

The college has close links with The News as students from its one-year journalism course are based within the paper’s Lakeside offices.

And this link between the college and The News has paid off, says Highbury’s journalism course leader, Dave King.

‘Our results for 2014-15 were the best of any other further education college in the UK which is outstanding,’ he said.

‘Highbury has been teaching journalism for over 50 years and is one of the most respected colleges in the country.

‘We were thrilled when we heard about the news – it was fantastic.’

He added: ‘Our link with The News has been invaluable. It’s thanks to this that we are able to offer some of the best training around for future journalists.’

Former alumni at Highbury include Emmy Award-winning Mark Austin, who presents ITV News at Ten, BBC journalist John Pienaar and TV presenter and best-selling author, Simon Reeve.