Cardonald College Glasgow earns badge of approval from NCTJ
22 June 2012
Cardonald College Glasgow has been reaccredited by the National Council for the Training of Journalists (NCTJ), earning a badge of approval from the industry and its premier training body.
Sue Campbell, an NCTJ board member, led the panel which accredited the college for its delivery of the HND Practical Journalism and NCTJ Diploma in Journalism.
The panel, visiting last month, included Marcus Ryder, executive producer in current affairs at BBC Scotland; Allan Hodge, editor of The Glasgow South and Eastwood Extra; and Drew Cochrane, editor of the Largs and Millport News.
Kathleen Morgan, a senior lecturer in journalism, said: "It is a privilege to work in partnership with the NCTJ. Employers rely on journalism training centres to provide graduates who can walk into a highly challenging, converged media environment.
"The NCTJ accreditation helps give an assurance our young journalists meet the high standards demanded by industry.
"A strong teaching team and a committed group of students are behind the college's success."
Peter Cox, assistant editor of the Scottish Sun, supported the college's bid for reaccreditation. He said: "Cardonald clearly run a good course, turning out bright and generally well-informed, keen young students. And that judgement is based on 29 years as a national newspaper executive."
The Scottish Sun recently awarded work experience placements to three Cardonald College Glasgow students. Journalism students from universities and colleges across Scotland had competed for six available placements.
Among those teaching on the accredited HND Practical Journalism course are senior lecturer Felicity Teasdale, the broadcaster Charles Fletcher MBE, and the Guardian reporter and novelist Kirsty Scott. Kirsty recently became communications manager to support the merger of Anniesland, Cardonald and Langside colleges.