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Industry support for future journalists’ study journey

19 June 2024


A senior figure in regional media is working with Teesside University to ensure journalism students are equipped and prepared for their future careers.

Helen Dalby
Helen Dalby

Helen Dalby, Audience and Content Director with Reach plc for the North East, Humber and Yorkshire region, is an industry advisor for the National Council for the Training of Journalists (NCTJ).

As industry advisor to the NCTJ, Helen has worked with Teesside University’s academics to ensure courses are designed to teach students with the practical and professional skills needed to produce content suitable for broadcast, print and social media.

Journalism degrees offered by the University’s School of Arts & Creative Industries were recently re-accredited by the NCTJ.

Helen said: “We already have a strong connection between Teesside University’s journalism courses and Teesside Live, and I’m excited by how we can develop this further.

“It’s very rewarding to be able to play a small part in helping to ensure our journalists of the future receive the best training, while also offering my help, support and insights from our newsrooms across the region to both staff and students.”

Securing NCTJ accreditation is a benchmark of excellence

Angela Lawrence, Associate Dean (Marketing & Recruitment)

Journalism courses accredited by the NCTJ enables students to study towards professional (pre-entry) qualifications alongside a degree, with no additional tuition charges.

The NCTJ diploma is a prestigious vocational qualification which is widely recognised and highly valued by journalism employers.

Angela Lawrence, Associate Dean (Marketing & Recruitment), in the University’s School of Arts and Creative Industries, said: “Securing NCTJ accreditation is a benchmark of excellence and reflects the quality of our journalism courses, which are led by industry professionals and ensure our students are industry-ready.”

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