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8th June 2009, 9:53am
Lincoln scores international first for journalism excellence
Lincoln scores international first for journalism excellence The University of Lincoln’s School of Journalism has become the first institution in Europe to be awarded a 'Recognised for Excellence' accolade by the European Journalism Training Association (EJTA).

The School has been accepted for membership of EJTA, joining a prestigious body of journalism centres, schools and universities from more than 20 countries across Europe, with just a handful from the UK.  

EJTA was established in Brussels in 1990 to stimulate discussion and good practice in journalism education and to encourage student exchanges and collaboration between European journalism education providers.

Professor John Tulloch, Head of the Lincoln School of Journalism, said: "We are delighted that, after a rigorous process of inspection, EJTA has given us membership and we are greatly honoured to be the first recipient in Europe of recognition for 'Excellence'.  We're now members of an exclusive club, and will use all the opportunities this provides to share good teaching practice, develop research initiatives, and promote a vibrant exchange programme for colleagues and students.”

The School had to provide evidence that its teaching met the stringent criteria expected of an institutional member of EJTA. Criteria included journalism training to a professional level and a commitment to EJTA’s Tartu Declaration, which was formally signed by the School.  The Declaration lays out the underpinning principles for Journalism programmes, focussing on ethics, journalistic independence and accountability.  A demanding inspection visit by the Association's President in April followed by a presentation to EJTA's annual conference at the University of Sofia, Bulgaria, by Programme Leader Deborah Wilson, clinched Lincoln's admission and the School was welcomed into the organisation by a unanimous vote.

Deborah Wilson said: "2009 is proving to be an outstanding year for the Lincoln School of Journalism.  We are rigorous in ensuring we provide the best in journalism education, but to be recognised at an international level by such a respected body as EJTA gives us a resounding stamp of approval. Colleagues can be deservedly proud that their hard work has led to us being the first institution to be 'Recognised for Excellence’ by EJTA."

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