City of Wolverhampton College reporters celebrate exam success

The next generation of reporters are celebrating after passing their exams with flying colours.

City of Wolverhampton College reporters celebrate exam success

Students from the City of Wolverhampton College who recently completed their National Council for the Training of Journalists (NCTJ) Diploma in Newspaper Journalism, picked up their certificates at an event on Friday, marking the start of their careers in the industry..

Representatives from the Express & Star, BBC, Newsquest Midlands and the Midlands News Association were on hand to support those collecting their certificates and give speeches to the budding reporters.

Many of the students have already secured jobs in the industry, gaining employment at newspapers that include the Express & Star, Stroud News and Journal, Leamington Courier and Redditch Standard - as well as SWNS News Agency and BBC Sport England.

The college has been accredited by the NCTJ since 1997 and is the only accredited further education journalism training centre in the Midlands.

It has been named the best performing NCTJ further education college in the UK for four consecutive years and was recently selected by the BBC to help its radio apprentices.

Lecturer Dani Wozencroft said: "The certificate presentation is the perfect way for students to celebrate all the hard work that has gone in to completing the diploma this year.

"All the students put in a lot of effort and their exams results reflect this.

"The fact that many are already working in the industry shows just how effective this course has been, once again, this year.

"I am very proud of each of them and hope that they learn a lot from our guest speakers at the event, I look forward to watching their careers progress."

The City of Wolverhampton College was graded 'good' by Ofsted last year, two years after being given an 'inadequate' rating by the education watchdog.

It is now set to move ahead with principal Mark Robertson, who was credited with making a large contribution to the turnaround, but will leave his role to become principal at Barking and Dagenham College.

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