PPA accredits Journalism programmes at University of St Mark and St John
Journalism programmes at the University have been awarded prestigious accreditation from the Professional Publishers Association which sets the business benchmark for teaching magazine and website writing and editing skills.
The PPA, which is the umbrella group for the British magazine publishing industry, visited the University on May 7th and, after talking to lecturers and students and examining content produced over the three year programme, awarded Journalism BA (Hons) and Sports Journalism BA (Hons) one year’s accreditation.
Only seven other undergraduate journalism courses in the country have won PPA accreditation and this award recognises the excellent standards of teaching provision and the expertise of staff who are all working in the media industries.
PPA director Loraine Davies said she was particularly impressed by the development of the courses, the introduction of specialist careers workshops for journalism students and the increased use of news days across both programmes.
Liz Miller, lecturer in journalism and media said: “We have worked really hard to implement the suggestions made during last year’s pre-accreditation visit, so it’s a great achievement to have received this endorsement from the magazine industry.”
Sarah McAdam, programme leader journalism and media added: “Accreditation from a body that has very high standards and gives this award to relatively few journalism programmes is a great accolade for the University and gives our students a much greater chance of employability within the magazine industry.”
The University can now boast accreditation from two respected industry bodies for its journalism programmes. Sports Journalism now has the seal of approval from the PPA and Broadcast Journalism Training Council and Journalism has PPA accreditation and is working towards the BJTC award.
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