Journalism

Lambeth College is proud to have produced world class journalists working across regional, national and broadcast press, magazines and online. 

We offer a choice of courses. Our NCTJ accredited Newspaper Journalism - NCTJ Level 3 Diploma and Magazine Journalism - NCTJ Level 3 Diploma attract award winning graduates from around the country.

Recent graduates are working at The Guardian, The Daily Telegraph, Sky Sports News, The BBC, The Sun, The Southwark News, Kilburn Times and South London Press.
 
We offer a choice of courses that are NCTJ accredited attracting award winning graduates from around the country. You will be taught by journalists with years of experience in the local and national press, with visits from industry figures, who in the past have included News International’s Graham Dudman, The Sunday Telegraph’s Colin Freeman and Piers Morgan. Lambeth College alumni include the Telegraph’s Rowena Mason, editor of the Press Gazette, Dominic Ponsford, and Defence correspondent for The Sun, David Willets.
 
We have recently secured an Advanced Apprenticeship in Journalism in partnership with the NCTJ, the BBC, Evening Standard, The Independent and other regional newspapers. Have a look at the course Twitter feed @Lambethjournos to see stories published by this year’s journalists. 
 

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For September 2013, we are launching the Multi-Media Journalism - NCTJ Level 3 Diploma which will run for a year and will include broadcast modules as well as the modules taught on the fast-track courses.


Former student and current editor of the Press Gazette, Dominic Ponsford, says: “I'm very grateful to Lambeth College for giving me my start in journalism. The speed of the course, 18 weeks, and the reasonableness of the fees meant it was the only way I could afford to get the NCTJ qualification which was, and is, the essential prerequisite to getting a job as a journalist in newspapers.”


You will be taught by journalists, with many years of experience in the local and national press and magazines, with visits from industry figures. Previous speakers include News International’s editorial development director Graham Dudman, Sunday Telegraph chief foreign correspondent Colin Freeman, Piers Morgan, police officers and other local and national print and broadcast journalists.

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Lambeth College's Journalism Department were recently announced as Best Fast-track FE Course in the UK at this year's NCTJ Skills Conference. Sheer hard work and those extra hours of shorthand have finally paid off.

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Journalism tutor Roz McKenzie is presented with the award by ITV journalist and tv presenter Mark Austin at the NCTJ Awards Ceremony in November.


Former Journalism student, Patrick Kingsley has won New Journalist of the Year Award. He is currently The Guardian's Egypt Correspondent and lives in Cairo. 

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Praise for Lambeth College: Kevin Perry (Assistant Editor of NME.com) and writer for British GQ.


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May 2013: Sky's the Limit for Elizabeth - Former Newspaper Journalism Student, Elizabeth Foss has landed an amazing career opportunity with Sky Sports News. Read more...


May 2013: Lambeth College to jointly train six BBC radio journalists as part of a new NCTJ Apprenticeship scheme...


December 2012: Journalism Students in the Spotlight - Two Lambeth College Journalism students appear on Newsnight...


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October 2012: Hot from the Press - Toby Young, flamboyant journalist and author, gave an inspiring talk to a group of budding young journalists...


October 2012: Lambeth College's NCTJ students secure coveted positions with News International Graduate Trainee Scheme!


Success story: Patrick Kingsley is now a feature writer for the Guardian and a freelance journalist.  He is the winner of the Student Media Awards 2009 and Overall Journalist of the Year 2009.


NEW COURSE - Magazine Journalism - NCTJ Level 3 Diploma. Find out more...

NEW COURSE - Multi Media Journalism - NCTJ Level 3 Diploma. Find out more...


This course has a strong record in helping students complete a portfolio of work. We expect you to produce stories and features on a weekly basis, as well as carry out work placements on your chosen publications. The course is well known and respected in London, which will help you to secure work experience.


Southwark News editor, Anthony Phillips, says: “At Southwark News we have work experience journalists in a lot, and those from Lambeth tend to be the most focused, and well briefed in what is expected from them. It always helps to have a work experience journalist in who can operate well in the job, producing good copy, quickly, accurately, and with a good attitude. From my experience the journalists who seem this prepared tend to come from Lambeth. I have assumed this is because of its career-focused no-nonsense approach.”


To achieve the NCTJ qualification, students must pass all individual modules in reporting, sub-editing, law, public affairs, portfolio and shorthand. Students seeking the magazine diploma take a special course in the business of magazines to give them the practical knowledge they need to thrive in this growing, rapidly-changing environment.

Editors usually require you to pass all the modules with a C (50 per cent) or above and gain 100 wpm shorthand. These are also the minimum requirements to be entered for the NCE.

For entrance onto the fast-track courses, based in our Clapham Centre, we ask that you have a degree and score 60 per cent or higher in the NCTJ pre-test. Other centres may offer a lower entrance level. Our Journalism department is accredited by the NCTJ (National Council for the Training of Journalists). All students take NCTJ exams and if successful receive the NCTJ Diploma.

For entrance onto the year-long multi-media course we ask that you have two A-levels or equivalent, grade B or above in GCSE English and grade C or above in GCSE Maths. You will also need to pass the NCTJ pre-test.

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All of Lambeth College's Journalism courses are accredited by the National Council for the Training of Journalists (NCTJ).

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