Now recruiting Verbal Young Journalists for 2014 term

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

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The centre offers GCSE and A-Level journalism, taught by one of the north-west’s best known journalists - with over 18 years experience in the industry - the Irish News’ Leona O’Neill. Students are taught all the industry skills needed to become journalists and get first hand advice from industry experts. Students 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.


The Verbal Arts Centre’s Journalism Department wants to recruit students who are heading into their GCSE and A-Level years now and are interested in journalism. The course is a very exciting and engaging one, offering young people the skills needed to be successful in the world of media. Under expert tuition students can learn how to produce radio programmes at the VAC’s state-of-the-art recording studios; learn how to produce magazines and newspapers and have their work published in the local print media.

The School of Journalism has very close ties with all the local and national media outlets and throughout the term we tap 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. We are also affiliated with the UK News Academy, which offer students crucial networking and mentoring links with newspapers such as The Sun, The Times and the Sunday Times.


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