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22nd July 2013, 9:52am
Lincoln School of Journalism scoops NCTJ accreditation
Lincoln School of Journalism The University of Lincoln’s School of Journalism has been awarded accreditation by the National Council for the Training of Journalists (NCTJ) in recognition of its outstanding training provision.

The NCTJ accreditation, which is acknowledged as the hallmark of excellence in journalism training, has been presented to the BA (Hons) Journalism course at the University of Lincoln.

The National Council for the Training of Journalists is a charitable organisation that acts as a guardian of the “gold standard” for all journalists, upholding guidelines that are recognised throughout the media industry. Its standard for accredited Journalism courses sets a benchmark based on exam results and also stresses the need for courses to focus on skills convergence and multimedia journalism.

Speaking about the BA (Hons) Journalism course at the University of Lincoln, the NCTJ accreditation panel said that it “was impressed by the course team’s experience, and felt that there was a firm commitment to ensuring all NCTJ standards, course hours and requirements would be met”.

Deborah Wilson, Programme Leader for the BA (Hons) Journalism course, said: "It's great that as a School we can now say that we have accreditation with all the relevant bodies in the UK, as well as recognition from the European Journalism Training Association.    

"We were confident that we could meet the accreditation criteria without compromising what we are already committed to delivering through our BA programme. We are pleased the NCTJ recognises that what we are doing for our students is giving them not only a rigorous academic degree programme but also the highest standards of training, which will enable them to secure employment in an increasingly competitive market."

The Lincoln School of Journalism sees many of its alumni go on to achieve international success. Recent graduate Besma Ayari was this year the winner of a prestigious national Royal Television Society Student Award for her work at the University.

Other recent graduates have gone on to work for the BBC, with which the School enjoys strong and active links. The School also welcomes some of the country’s most distinguished journalists through its acclaimed guest lecture series, which continues to be an important and popular feature and provides valuable insight into the industry.

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