Kingston college adds journalism degree course

Kingston University has become the latest institution to offer a degree in journalism.

The course, which will deal mainly with writing and editing, will be led by former business writer Sue Train. She will be joined by former Independent on Sunday deputy editor Brian Cathcart and freelance arts journalist Anna Kiernan. It is planned that the course will include a varied line-up of guest writers, editors and producers.

Train said: “Our primary focus will be press work because that is the area that offers the largest number of job opportunities.”

There are 30 places available from October, and the journalism sections will be offered in conjunction with courses on creative writing, media and cultural studies, languages, linguistics and literature.

Students will be encouraged to take work placements with the media or in related areas such as corporate and business communications.

Kingston will become the ninth UK body offering a journalism degree: there are a further nine postgraduate degrees available and more than 20 institutions offering pre-entry diplomas in newspaper journalism alone.

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