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Students from schools across the city learn everything from news gathering techniques to how to design their own newspaper to how to mobile journalism in a vibrant, exciting environment.

The Verbal School of Journalism ethos is that students learn best through doing, therefore we offer them real life news and interview situations - a press conference with James Nesbitt, a master class with the Guardian's Henry McDonald, a briefing from the PSNI Area Commander about drug seizures etc - and their teachers are current news practitioners with their finger on the pulse of the local media as well as direct access to a wide network of contacts willing to help the next generation push through.

Through consistently having their work published and broadcast in the Northern Irish media, Verbal Young Journalists have become the voice of young people in Northern Ireland.

GCSE Journalism in the Media and Communications Industry could be student’s first step towards an exciting and demanding career.

Student’s study will enable them to explore the dynamic and rapidly changing world of journalism, resulting in self-development and improved confidence. Learning about journalism is like working as a journalist. Both offer a varied, fast-paced and challenging experience. Students on this vocationally orientated course have the chance to learn about and practice the core journalism skills of interviewing, writing and reporting. Recent developments in technology have changed the way we receive news, and the ability to write or talk knowledgeably about events so that other people will want to read about them and listen is in great demand, now more than ever.

The Verbal Arts Centre School of Journalism offers CCEA accredited GCSE and A-Level journalism, in conjunction with the Foyle Learning Community.

Students are taught all the industry skills needed to become journalists and get first hand advice from industry experts brought in from all over the UK and Ireland. They get the opportunity to develop their interview and writing skills as well as graphic design and IT skills, design magazines, delve into photography and learn radio and video editing skills at the Verbal Arts Centre’s recording studios.

Students also learn first-hand how the UK media industry works and create their own media products - such as magazines, radio programmes and documentaries - and have their news stories and radio productions published and broadcast in the local media, an important goal and memorable moment in the careers of all young journalists.

The current A-Level students have interviewed everyone from pop stars to politicians, world renowned authors, directors and musicians and have had their work published in the local media. Throughout the year they have established themselves as fine young journalists in their own right, tackling tough topics such as drugs, alcohol and teenage pregnancy in the local media.

In previous years they have networked with everyone from the top crime reporters in the Sunday Times to the editor of the Sun, television cameramen, top showbiz correspondents, war correspondents, news reporters from all over Northern Ireland as well as the newspaper and magazine editors and broadcasters from all local media outlets, film stars such as James Nesbitt, world-renowned authors such as Lee Child and music stars such as the Strypes and the Script. In the process they learned valuable, future proof skills that will take them onto an exciting career in journalism.

It is a very lively, vibrant and fast-paced course, just like life in the media.

For more information on the course, please contact us on 02871 266946.