Your chance to study journalism with Highbury College and The News

Highbury College students at The News offices: (back l-r) Lola Mayor, Peter Marcus, Imogen Marshall,  and Sasha Barker  with (front l-r) Oli Price, Ermis Madikopoulos, Shannon Johnson and Daniel Chalkley. 

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Highbury College students at The News offices: (back l-r) Lola Mayor, Peter Marcus, Imogen Marshall, and Sasha Barker with (front l-r) Oli Price, Ermis Madikopoulos, Shannon Johnson and Daniel Chalkley. Picture: Sarah Standing (151844-454)

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Are you a great story-teller? Then sign up for our classroom in the newsroom.

Are you a great story-teller? Then sign up for our classroom in the newsroom.

Do you or someone you know want the chance to break into the media industry?

If so, The News, Portsmouth and Highbury College are now accepting applications for the 2016 One Year Diploma in Journalism course based at the paper’s ‘classroom in the newsroom’.

Starting this September, it provides students with everything they need to make it as a journalist on a newspaper, website, TV or radio station. Achieving the diploma can also pave the way for a job in PR, social media, publishing and communications – all without having to pay thousands of pounds in university fees.

The pioneering course – the only one of its kind in the country – mixes high-quality training alongside extensive work experience at the south’s biggest-selling daily newspaper, The News and its website, www.portsmouth.co.uk.

This will be the fourth year running the course, which is fully accredited by the National Council for the Training of Journalists (NCTJ) and is a proven way of getting ahead.

Many of those who have passed through the Highbury College classroom at The News have gone on to great things in all walks of media. Among the success stories includes:

Laura Thomson – a motoring writer with Blackball Media based in Gosport

travelling the world attending the latest car launches.

James Oxenham – a reporter for the West Sussex County Times.

Tim Birkbeck – a trainee reporter on the Basingstoke Gazette.

Will Rimell – trainee reporter at the Southern Daily Echo.

Lewis Mason – a sports reporter for the Worthing Herald, Shoreham Herald and Littlehampton Gazette.

Editor of The News, Mark Waldron, said: ‘Having studied at the college after leaving school, Highbury provided me with the best possible start to my career in journalism.

‘I’m excited that The News is fully involved in continuing this fine training tradition as we prepare today’s students for the exciting multi-media world we operate in.

‘By having the classroom in the newsroom, we also provide an amazing opportunity of real-life, hands-on training for all students.’

The diploma covers the essentials of journalism and includes reporting, public affairs, media law, court reporting, video broadcasting, and shorthand.

While the qualification is a sure-fire way of getting into journalism, it can also lead to other careers in the media or communications industry.

Paul Foster, programme leader in journalism at Highbury College, said: ‘It’s been great to see so many students gain the experience at The News and then go on to get jobs in the industry. There’s no doubt that employers see the course as a fantastic grounding in the art of writing, publishing and broadcasting.

‘Our success in running the one year course with The News is partly down to our experience with our award-winning 20-week fast-track NCTJ Diploma, which is the best-performing FE fast-track course in the UK.’

If you would like to apply (see panel), call (023) 9238 3131, e-mail journalism@highbury.ac.uk to arrange an interview or log on to highbury.ac.uk/journalism

Alternatively, attend our open day at The News, 1000 Lakeside, North Harbour, Western Road, PO6 3EN, on Saturday, May 7 from 10am to 3pm or the Highbury College Open Day on Wednesday, May 11 from 4.30pm to 7pm. For more information, search for the Highbury College Journalism Training page on Facebook.

What is required to join the course?

You will need at least 5 A-C grades at GCSE including English and, ideally, you should have also achieved either two A Levels or an equivalent Level 3 qualification such as a BTEC Diploma.

What qualifications will be achieved?

You will achieve a Diploma in Journalism, accredited by the National Council for the Training of Journalists.

What attendance is required?

The programme is due to run over 36 weeks, starting in September. You will be based mainly at The News.

Cost and payment?

You will usually not be expected to pay a fee if you are:

l Under 19 at the start of the academic year (as of 31st August).

l Aged 19–23 at the start of the academic year (as of 31st August) and are unemployed and in receipt of certain government benefits.

l Aged 19–23 at the start of the academic year (as of 31st August) and do not already hold a Full level 3 qualification.

l Students aged between 19–23 and not in the above categories will usually pay the advertised fee of £1,799, which is part funded by the UK government.

l Students 24 and over at the start of the course will pay a higher ‘unfunded’ fee of £2,850.

l Students applying for these courses are usually eligible to apply for a 24+ Advanced Learning Loan but should consider their own personal circumstances and seek impartial advice before entering into a financial agreement.

How do I apply?

You can apply to join the One Year Diploma in Journalism by emailing journalism@highbury.ac.uk or by calling (023) 9238 3131 and speaking to a member of the Information, Advice and Guidance team (option 4).

Alternatively, if you would like to join the 20-week NCTJ Fast-Track Diploma in Journalism course, then email journalism@highbury.ac.uk

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