The Argus in Brighton has come up with a unique way of solving the problem of a lack of sub-editors — by letting a production journalism college set up in its offices. The Journalist Works, an independent college focusing on sub-editing, will open its doors in April.
Based at The Argus's Brighton offices, up to 20 students at a time will undertake a new 12-week diploma in production journalism accredited by the National Council for the Training of Journalists. It will cover page design, proofing and editing copy and headline writing, and students will be given the chance to test-drive their skills for real in The Argus newsroom.
Although the college is an independent company, it has been given an enthusiastic reception — and free advertising — from local Newsquestand Johnston Press-owned titles.
Argus editor Michael Beard wrote in the paper on Tuesday: "For several years, newspapers have noticed there is a shortage of skilled sub-editors. That is why we are supporting The Journalist Works. It is a company of experienced journalists and trainers providing courses the industry needs."
Print and TV journalist Paula O'Shea, who established the Brighton Centre for Journalism at City College Brighton and Hove, will be leading the course along with several other experienced journalists.
Matt Davies, of John Conner Press Associates in Lewes, East Sussex, will teach the course's media law module.
O'Shea told Press Gazette the new college is ideally placed to "plug a gap in the market".
She said: "This is about people investing in their futures. With this course being 12 weeks long, we can have people start to use what they have learned pretty quickly."
The 12-week production journalismcourse starts on 23 April, with another intake later this year. For information email firstname.lastname@example.org.