“Sensational” Cardiff is UK’s top postgraduate journalism course
Friday, December 5, 2008
Professor Richard Tait (left) receiving the award for top postgraduate journalism course from Kim Fletcher, NCTJ chairman
JOMEC students achieved the highest pass rate for any UK journalism training course accredited by the National Council for Journalists, it was revealed on Thursday evening.
Prof Richard Tait, Director of the school's Centre for Journalism, also received an award for top performing postgraduate course at a special dinner for delegates attending the Journalism Skills Conference at Salford Quays. The winners of five individual categories were also announced.
The Cardiff University course achieved the highest percentage of graduating students obtaining C grade passes or better in the NCTJ's six core preliminary exams plus 100wpm shorthand.
NCTJ Chief Exectuive Joanne Butcher described the results by Cardiff students as 'sensational'. She added: "While it’s true that the industry's expectations are always higher when it comes to postgraduate and fast track journalism courses, I must say that students on Cardiff Universities course, which was the best performing course overall last year, achieved a sensational 73% pass rate.
"So congratulations to the team at Cardiff – you have set an incredibly high standard for others to aspire to."
Prof Tait said: "This is a great result for Cardiff, it reflects both the hard work of diploma students and dedication and professionalism of David English, Glyn Mottershead and Sara Hadwin and all the tutors who make the diploma a course which is recognised as the brand leader in British journalism education."