03 November 2008

Sheffield tops Times table

Sheffield University is the best place to study journalism, according to the Times. The influential and prestigious Times Good University Guide Subject Tables 2009, which rank degree courses in specific subjects across all universities, places BA Journalism Studies at Sheffield number one in their league table. The multi-media applied course, underpinned by reflection on professional practice and discussion of current media issues, and accredited by the three major professional industry bodies, is also endorsed by its own students. The latest National Student Survey, based on a nationwide poll of final year students, also put Sheffield journalism top.

These independent ratings have come among a series of external successes for the department. The league table produced by the National Council for the Training of Journalists (NCTJ), the industry body accrediting the leading journalism courses, named BA Journalism Studies at Sheffield the best undergraduate course in the country for the academic year 2007-08. The league table is based on student performance in the NCTJ’s preliminary certificate measuring performance in news writing, law, public affairs and shorthand. MA Print Journalism at Sheffield topped the NCTJ’s postgraduate league table for 2006-07.

Sheffield journalism students have won a series of national awards, among them the Cudlipp Award for the best young journalist of the year, interviewer of the year in the UK Press Gazette student journalism awards, young journalist of the year in the UK Press Gazette regional press awards, scoop of the year in the Independent Radio News awards, best long form TV report in the Broadcast Journalism Training Council awards, and several commendations for magazine, print and broadcast national awards.

Employers have demonstrated how highly they think of Sheffield journalism graduates by selecting them from hundreds of applicants for the most sought after jobs. Students from the undergraduate and postgraduate courses have secured employment all over the country, impressing with their knowledge not only of the core journalism skills but of the new ‘converged’ media world and the demands that makes on young journalists. Our latest graduates have joined the Times, Guardian, Independent, Telegraph, Daily Mail, Sun, Press Association, Sky TV, BBC and many other media organisations.