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NUJ backs Fife campaign against journalism course cuts

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The NUJ is giving its support to students at Fife College calling for the resumption of a journalism course there.

The HND (Higher National Diploma) practical journalism course at Fife College in Kirkcaldy has been targeted for closure by college bosses amidst claims of falling numbers. However a number of students currently enrolled on the HNC (Higher National Certificate) course are at risk of being unable to progress to the HND thus missing out on gaining NCTJ accreditation.

The college has said it plans to continue to offer the HNC but will discontinue the second year of the course and withdraw NCTJ exams for 2018-19.

Students were informed by letter earlier this month that the HND would no longer be offered but are pushing to have the decision reversed.

The NUJ Scottish office has regularly worked with the journalism students at the college and has recruited some of the students as members. A number of graduates from the college have gone on to pursue stellar careers at Scottish newspapers and broadcasters.

Dominic Bascombe, NUJ Scotland organiser said:

“The closure of this course is a worrying situation for students hoping to develop the solid foundation they need to enter the industry. The number of colleges offering fully accredited courses is shrinking in Scotland and it is vital that students have the opportunity to study journalism.

“We are calling on Fife College to reconsider its decision to end the HND Practical Journalism and support the students wishing to pursue this course of study.”

A group of students met with the college management today, a student spokesperson said:

“The class is extremely disappointed with the outcome of this meeting. We are deeply concerned that the college undertook so little engagement with key stakeholders to inform their decision, at the very least we had expected them to consult with industry about employment opportunity for students.”

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