Harlow College has got top marks for its Journalism Centre from Government inspectors.
The centre’s teaching was described as “outstanding” by Ofsted inspectors, who spent two weeks at the college last October.
Their report, released this month, praised the teaching staff and facilities, stating: “There are good specialist accommodation and resources for journalism…this has a professional newsroom ethos which is highly valued by the students.”
It added: “Students are highly motivated and produce high-quality practical work which matches the requirements of the industry. There is very good teaching in journalism, which draws upon the wealth of industrial experience that staff bring.”
Harlow was one of the first colleges to run journalism courses. Famous ex-pupils include Piers Morgan, Kelvin MacKenzie and Richard Madeley. One that got away was Mark Knopfler ,who after training as a journalist and working on the Evening Post in Leeds, opted for a musical career.