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Founded in September 2010, The Harlow Harrier will be at the forefront of Harlow and Essex news.

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The Harlow Harrier: News with wings

If you tell someone working for a national newspaper that you trained at Harlow College, there is a good chance they will answer ‘Snap! I trained there too’.

The Journalism Centre at Harlow College holds a unique place in the training of journalists in the UK. Its reputation as one of the most long-standing and prestigious centres for creating reports, feature writers and editors is legendary – and deservedly so.

The centre has trained Piers Morgan, Steve Lamacq, Tim Lott and Richard Madeley amongst others as well as hundreds – if not thousands – of practising journalists.

Accredited by the National Council for the Training of Journalists (NCTJ) its programmes range from fast-track programmes in news and magazine journalism lasting around 25 weeks, to a three-year degree BA in Journalism.

But whatever course you study, you can be sure that you will be trained by former editors, feature writers and journalists who have long and wide experience in the industry.

All programmes provide the skills needed for working in the very competitive market of journalism: news and feature writing, shorthand, page layout, sub-editing, media law, with specialist modules available on some programmes in photojournalism and sports reporting.

Guest lectures are often given by leading lights of the industry. In the past, these have included Alan Rusbridger, editor of The Guardian and Paul Nicholas, Deputy Managing Editor of the News of the World.

In the Ofsted and ALI Inspection Report in October 2003, the Journalism Centre was awarded a contributory Grade 1 “Outstanding” for its teaching and facilities. Inspectors praised its “professional newsroom ethos” and noted “students are highly motivated, producing the high quality practical work which matches the requirements of the industry.”

In the past few years students have won an impressive array of awards including the Daily Telegraph’s Young Sportswriter of the Year, the Guardian Student Journalist of the Year, BBC Essex Travel Writer and are regular finalists in the Press Gazette Student Writer Awards.

But don’t take our word for it – our best advertisement is our former students.

Mark Wilson, Daily Telegraph Young Sports Writer Award and former Harlow student said:  “I will never make a better career decision. Harlow College provided me with the range of skills, experience and self-belief I needed to break into the only career I have ever wanted to pursue.”

For entry requirements and fees for each programme please contact the college on: 01279 868000

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