Cuts Watch #182: Entry to Journalism
A journalism course accredited by the National Council for the Training of Journalists has been cancelled because of government cuts, prompting fears that entry to journalism will become even more restricted. The course, at Warwickshire College, had run since 1999 and three lecturers have been made redundant. The College said the decision was “due to the government having to make cuts in education funding.”
On his blog NUJ General Secretary Jeremy Dear has pointed out that it is increasingly difficult to become a professional journalist “as first grants were abolished, then fees shot up and unpaid work experience became the norm.” Cutting journalism courses can only make this worse.