Verbal's new Journalism School in full swing

Budding journalists in Derry-Londonderry are getting the chance to get on the right career path at the Verbal Arts Centre’s new Journalism School.

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In September the Verbal Arts Centre began another term of A-Level journalism, taught by one of the north-west’s best known journalists, the Irish News’ Leona O’Neill. 

Throughout the course students will learn all the industry skills needed to become journalists and get first hand advice for industry experts from radio, print and online media.

Students will also get the opportunity to create their own media products - such as magazines and radio programmes - and have their news stories and radio productions published and broadcast in the local media.

Speaking when the Journalism School launched in September, Leona O’Neill – a journalist of some 17 years - said she was greatly looking forward to the new term.

“Journalism is the best job in the world,” she said. “No two days are the same and you get to meet the most amazing people, have the best adventures, be privy to exclusive information and see history unfold before your eyes. It is also the most important of jobs – giving a voice to those who have none and shining a light in the dark.

“Every September the Verbal Arts Centre’s Journalism Department will recruit students who are heading into their A-Level year now and are interested in journalism. This is a very exciting course and one that will teach young people the skills needed to be successful in the world of media. They will learn how to produce radio programmes at the VAC’s state-of-the-art recording studios, they will learn how to produce magazines and newspapers and they will have their work published in the local print media. 

“We are very lucky to have close ties with all the local media and throughout the term will be tapping into the expertise of local media figures – from press officers to news reporters to graphic designers – to learn how best to carve out an exciting career in the media world as well as learning at the coalface of local media through work experience.”

If students are interested in taking A-Level Journalism at the Verbal Arts Centre they should inquire their teacher at their A-Level registration in their school once they get their results and contact Leona O’Neill on

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