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Published on Oct 8, 2008
Learning about journalism at Preston is a lot like working as a journalist. Our courses offer an experience that is exciting, varied, fast-moving and challenging. Students on these vocationally-orientated courses develop the journalism skills of researching, reporting, writing and production. These practical elements are underpinned by study of the work of journalists, including the development of news organisations, news values, sources, language, regulation, ethics and the uses and influences of news. The Department has a long history in journalism teaching. It has close links with the media industries and professional journalists and editors frequently visit Preston to meet and work with our students.
The Department continues to expand and diversify, offering new career-centred opportunities to learn about journalism in all its forms. It is a member of the European Journalism Training Association and has a growing international reputation through its new international journalism programmes and links with journalism schools across the world. These links enable students to undertake foreign visits and exchange programmes. The teaching staff comprises professional journalists who have worked in national and regional media and who are increasingly informing their teaching with individual research. Our students use modern digital TV, radio, online and print production facilities. The majority of graduates seek careers in professional journalism and have succeeded in gaining employment with the BBC, the Press Association, national and regional newspapers, radio and TV stations, and online news providers.