IS NCTJ JOURNALISM THE COURSE FOR YOU?
Postgraduate Journalism course, starts this September, apply now.
On this course you will study multi-platform journalism:
- newspaper and magazine writing
- video reporting and editing
- newspaper law
- central and local government
- shorthand (teeline) up to 100 words per minute
The NCTJ is a practical based course which is very much hands on, where students will be expected to produce real stories for the news products on a weekly basis. See full course details.
Work experience with the West Briton...
Cornwall College has now secured a professional, industry-based work experience placement that students studying the NCTJ fast-track can apply for at the West Briton newspaper. The West Briton is one of the largest weekly newspapers in the UK based on sales - as it covers a wide area. This placement will help the next generation of journalists to get real newsroom experience. Richard Best, Editor at the West Briton, said: "Trainees will gain hands-on experience of reporting for a busy weekly newspaper and benefit from working alongside experienced journalists." He added: "Good work experience placements help ensure that the trainee has made the choice of career - and that they are up to the job. That is essential."
What former NCTJ students say...
"I studied journalism at Cornwall College six years ago - and still use the skills I learned there every day. The course delat with the numerous disciplines needed to cover a news story, whether it be major incidents such as a gun seige or train crash - or lighter news such as the Beast of Bodmin or outrage at the WI. We were shown how to extract a story from the jargon or parish council meetings and how to walk the legal tightrope in potentially libellous cases. The classes in shorthand, possible the most valuable skill of all, were excellent, enabling us to catch the words of even the fastest talker. We were shown how to write clean, crisp copy, which caught the reader's attention - and then held it past the first few words. I found that I was fully equipped to deal with all aspects of the job ans went on to pass my senior exams two years later. I had a fantastic time studying in Cornwall and without doubt was given the best possible grounding for a career in newsprint."
Luke Mendham (ex-News of the World)
"This course was a revelation. I learned just about everything you need to know to get a first job on a paper. The course tutor's contacts were invaluable in helping me to find the right work experience placements and make essential contacts. The strong reputation of the course meant that I was able to get my first job on a daily regional paper. The tutor's no-nonsense approach prepares you for the reality of working on a paper. You get all of the essential skills you need and the knowledge to know how to use them."
Miles Davis (Western Morning News)
"The Newquay and St Austell Voice newspapers have both used work experience students from the Cornwall College NCTJ programme and have always found them to be professional, reliable and enthusiastic about their positions. In several cases, these work experience positions have led to full-time paid employment within the Voice group, testament further to the strength of its graduates."
Matt Bond (Editor, Newquay Voice)