01 December 2010

Marie Kinsey appointed BJTC chair

Marie Kinsey

Marie Kinsey, Director of PG Journalism at Sheffield University, has become the new Chair of the Broadcast Journalism Training Council.

Marie is only the third BJTC Chair in its nearly 30 year history and she takes over at a time when huge changes are taking place in journalism and journalism training.

She began her career at the Peterborough Evening Telegraph in 1975, moved into radio with BRMB in Birmingham and freelanced for several stations after taking her degree in Economics and Philosophy at UCL.

She then joined IRN as Deputy City Editor in 1985 and two years later moved to Thames TV with the launch of their City Programme where she was co-presenter and reporter.

In 1989 she moved to LBC to host a daily two hour business programme and won the Wincott Award for Excellence in Financial Journalism the same year.

Two years later she moved to the BBC as South East Industry and Business Correspondent on both radio and TV and in 1994 she launched a PG Diploma in Broadcast Journalism at Sheffield Hallam University.

She took up her present position in 2001 and has co-authored and edited two books and is working on a third.

Marie said "The BJTC accredits 60 courses at 37 institutions in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, mainly in Higher Education.

"Our system of accreditation is valued by employers and colleges alike because it addresses the fundamentals of good journalism, multimedia and broadcast specific skills.

"Yet it is flexible enough to allow courses to innovate and develop which is particularly important in such a fast changing world.

"Our accredited courses have an excellent employment record and are an essential first step for anyone seeking a career in radio, television or multimedia journalism."