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Awards hat-trick for news journalism

5 May 2022

Three golden trophies
Record third consecutive NCTJ win for News Journalism.

News Journalism, Cardiff University’s longest running journalism course has won the NCTJ’s top-performing higher education postgraduate course for 2020-21.

The award, which has been won for the third-year in a row, is recognised for celebrating the best journalism courses and students in the UK.

Cardiff University’s master’s degree in News Journalism is distinctive because graduates leave with an accredited masters’ degree and a Diploma in Journalism, awarded by the NCTJ (National Council for the Training of Journalists).

The NCTJ’s performance awards, presented annually, are based on students’ achievements in the Diploma in Journalism and Cardiff’s students performed best out of all the NCTJ-accredited postgraduate courses.

Originally a newspaper journalism course, the degree is the School of Journalism, Media and Culture’s premier degree for online and print news journalism.

Mike Hill, Director of News Journalism, said, “That we’ve secured this award for the third-year in succession is testimony to the diligence and passion of our tutors and the dedication of our students to the craft of journalism.

NCTJ Awards logo
Cardiff University's students were this year's top performers.

"The award also reflects that we have a near 100% record in finding a job in journalism or a related field for our graduates. In the last three years our graduates have found work in national, regional and international newsrooms and continue to help future graduates with work placements and jobs."

News Journalism closely reflects the school's records of producing successful graduates where, in-fact 96% of graduates were in employment and/or further study, due to start a new job or course, or doing other activities such as travelling, 15 months after the end of their course (HESA data).

Kevin Maguire, Associate Editor at the Daily Mirror and graduate of Newspaper Journalism in Cardiff said, "The hat-trick of awards is hugely well deserved. I meet more and more journalists who trained in Cardiff and now work in the newsrooms of national newspapers, radio stations, TV channels and prominent websites. Onwards and upwards!”

HESA data: Copyright Higher Education Statistics Agency Limited 2021. The Higher Education Statistics Agency Limited cannot accept responsibility for any inferences or conclusions derived by third parties from its data. Data is from 2017/18 and 2018/19 Graduate Outcomes surveys, which have been combined to calculate the statistic for postgraduate taught.

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