New journalism masters course gains NCTJ accreditation



A masters course in journalism set up this year at Manchester Metropolitan University has been granted accreditation by the National Council for the Training of Journalists (NCTJ).

The MA Journalism builds on the existing success of the established journalism masters course at MA Multimedia Journalism, which has had an enviable track record for some years.

It also coincides with the first cohort of undergraduates to come through on Manchester Metropolitan’s BA (Hons) Multimedia Journalism programme.

Accreditation has been granted to the new MA for the next two years following a day-long visit from an industry panel in November, which included delegates from the Manchester Evening News, the Guardian, and the BBC at Media City.

Like the existing MA, the new MA Journalism follows a broadcasting pathway, meaning students study both radio and television broadcasting along subjects such as news writing, media law and public affairs. The new MA also has a shorthand unit which has been a staple of NCTJ courses for many years.

Lifelong skills

Programme leader Dave Porter said: “It’s taken a lot of work putting the course together and going for accreditation at the same time, but all the hard work has paid off and the whole team is really excited about the future.

“We only had our first set of students in October and the following month they were being grilled by industry experts about the course and whether it met their expectations, so it’s been a nervous time to see whether we would be accredited.

“The NCTJ is currently undergoing change with the way it accredits courses and shorthand is no longer compulsory, but we are going to keep it as an integral part of the course. Although students find it tough going at times, they recognise its value as a lifelong skill which will be a real asset in any newsroom.

“Students on the new MA Journalism will come out of this course with a masters in journalism and an industry-recognised, gold standard Diploma in Journalism from the NCTJ.”

Details of the course can be found here.