Broadcast Journalism Degree achieves industry recognition

Published by  Communications

On 8th Jul 2021

The University’s new undergraduate degree course, Broadcast and Multimedia Journalism BA, has been awarded professional accreditation by the Broadcast Journalism Training Council (BJTC), the industry training board.

This prestigious accreditation recognises that student journalists are taught to professional standards. It is backed by key industry players, including the BBC, ITV, Channel Four, Channel Five, Reuters, the Press Association, ITN, Sky News, Global, Bauer and the NUJ.

Professor Sarah Barrow, the University’s Pro-Vice Chancellor for the Arts and Humanities, welcomed the announcement. 

“It is brilliant news that our BA Broadcast and Multimedia Journalism degree has been accredited by the BJTC – the industry training board for Broadcast Journalism. It means that our first degree students will graduate not only with a degree from one of the UK’s outstanding Universities, but that they will also have a professional certificate to show that they have been educated to industry standards and are ready for employment. This accreditation, along with the opening of our new broadcast centre in the former Radio Broadland studios in the centre of our beautiful city of Norwich this September, demonstrates UEA’s commitment to the teaching of contemporary journalism. More than that, it demonstrates the University’s continuing commitment to creative practice degrees and to the study of Arts, Media and Humanities more generally,” she said.

The new degree is intensively practical, with students spending three years developing their news gathering skills. They learn to develop news content for TV, radio and online. The new centre at Broadcast House, Colegate, Norwich, will have three studios and a modern electronic newsroom, closely mirroring a professional working environment.

“The key practical elements of this course are taught by experienced journalists who have worked across the profession,” said Associate Professor Mark Wells, the Course Director, who is himself a former EDP, BBC and ITV journalist. “The accreditation process required us to demonstrate that students cover all areas of relevant professional practice, from shooting and editing video and audio, to understanding complex details of media law in the UK. That’s all essential knowledge if they are going to thrive in the workplace.”

For any more information, please email Prof Mark Wells.

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