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Setting the standard for journalists

09 December 2008

The postgraduate diploma in newspaper journalism offered by the School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies has been recognised as the best achieving postgraduate journalism course in the UK by the industry’s accrediting body.

Students on the course achieved the highest pass rate for any UK journalism training course accredited by the National Council for the Training of Journalists. Professor Richard Tait, director of the School’s Centre for Journalism, picked up the award for the top-performing postgraduate course.

There are 69 centres in the UK accredited by the National Council for the Training of Journalists. Of these, the School of Journalism beat 11 other postgraduate courses in its direct category and came out top overall.

Professor Tait said: "This is a great result for Cardiff and 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"

The Council’s Chief Executive Joanne Butcher said: "At a time when many industries are complaining about a dumbing down in education, the preliminary certificate in journalism remains one of this countries toughest pre-entry qualifications. It requires huge amounts of ability, persistence and determination – the very qualities most editors want in their newsroom trainees.

Students on Cardiff University’s course, which was the best performing course overall last year, achieved a sensational 73% pass rate. Congratulations to the team at Cardiff – you have set an incredibly high standard for others to aspire to…"