Jim Entwistle

I spent four years as a reporter for The Northern Echo covering a mix of court, council and other current affairs across the North East of England. I moved on to become Head of Marketing and Communications at the Great North Air Ambulance Service, as part of an award-winning team which gained international recognition for its pioneering pre-hospital care service. I then joined Teesside University in 2022 and am currently a Senior Lecturer in Digital Journalism.

As a journalism student you learn practical and professional skills, growing your confidence to produce journalistic content suitable for TV, radio, magazines, print and social media. When studying Journalism, you could be:

  • Documenting your favourite sports team
  • Holding power to account
  • Investigating wrongdoing
  • Championing the underdog

And here’s why you should make it Teesside University:

1. National Council for the Training of Journalists (NCTJ)
Our degree courses are accredited with the NCTJ, giving you the opportunity to work towards the industry-expected NCTJ diploma – often an essential requirement in graduate media jobs.

2. Staff
Our supportive team of academics and technicians have the industry experience and contacts needed to kickstart your career in journalism. Whether you are brimming with ideas and confidence, or if you need a bit more of a helping hand, we’re looking forward to working with you.

3. Ethos
You may be set on writing for newspapers or see a career in front of the camera, broadcasting to the nation. You may even want to set up your own news enterprise. It’s all fine with us – we work with you to understand and shape your career path and support you to get there. If you’ve got a passion, come and grow it with us. If you haven’t, come and get that inspiration.

4. Facilities
Learn in our industry-standard TV and radio studios, with specialist technicians on hand to help you get up to speed with the equipment. And get your work published on TUXtra, our online news service broadcasting worldwide.

5. Industry links
We have strong links with national and local news media. Many Teesside graduates are working in the industry and continue to shape our courses. We have one of the biggest media companies in the UK right here on our Middlesbrough campus – Reach PLC have offices here and offers our students the chance to work in their newsroom as part of their studies.

Journalism teaches us to be concise in our writing, which is why we’ve limited this to just five reasons. We could have given you a lot more. But we’ll save those for the next open day – book your place now and come join us.

By Jim Entwistle.