NCTJ Gold for Grimsby

Exciting news for Grimsby and the east coast as the Grimsby Institute has been accredited by the National Council for the Training of Journalists (NCTJ) to offer its gold standard Diploma in Journalism course.

The 20-week full time fast track qualification will prepare any aspiring journalists for the demands of a fast-changing multimedia industry.

In the 21st century journalism has converged with journalists being expected to have the skills required to work across all platforms. Traditional broadcast and web skills are also needed by print journalists.

The course we offer will equip future journalists with the skills they need to be an effective reporter. You will learn shorthand, law and how government works all within the demands of a working newsroom.

With an NCTJ certificate on your CV, a prospective employer knows you have grasped the basics.

To gain entry on this course you will need to demonstrate an interest in current affairs at all levels; have 
a lively interest in people, places and events; 

good spelling, grammar and punctuation; a willingness to accept irregular working hours; 
an ability to work under pressure to meet deadlines
 and determination and persistence.

A Journalism Diversity Fund has been set up by those in the industry who want to support the training of journalists from socially and ethnically diverse backgrounds.

This industry fund is aimed at people without the financial means to attend NCTJ training courses. Applicants will need to demonstrate a genuine commitment to journalism and the potential to succeed.

The fund can help financially by paying course fees and living expenses, as well as providing a mentor, and helping to find work experience. To find out more about the fund and whether you would be eligible check out the website and to download an application form.

To apply for the NCTJ Diploma in Journalism you need to download an application form from the NCTJ website – www.nctj.comImageApplication forms must be returned to the NCTJ as soon as possible or at least six weeks before the start of the course.

If invited for an interview, you will be required to take a written test, based on current affairs knowledge, to test your English skills and writing ability.

You will also need to demonstrate a keen interest in working as a journalist by having undertaken work experience placement at a news organisation.

On finishing this qualification, if successful in getting a job on a newspaper as a junior then you can work towards getting your senior.

All learning will take place in our newsroom within the new University Centre. Candidates will have access to the latest TV and radio equipment.

This is certainly an exciting opportunity for anyone wishing to become a journalist and is a great way to break into the industry.


UCAS 240

Anyone applying for the BA Multi-Platform Journalism programme at University Centre Grimsby needs to have 240 UCAS points or above. Applications will be considered from mature applicants. The main things that tutors are looking for are:

  • Passion for journalism
  • Interest in current affairs
  • Wide reading and viewing of news
  • Interest of things going on around you
  • Motivation and hunger for the subject
  • Some prior media experience
  • Interest in technology
  • Ability to write and communicate

Anyone interested then please contact 01472 311222 and ask for Dawn Beales, HE Administrator.

Study at University Centre Grimsby

One day some undergraduates seem to have a wake up call and realise the degree they chose to commit their life to is not what they expected it to be and so have a dilemma as to what to do next.

Many have chosen their degree, not by its reputation or facilities, but by location. The city/town is known for its excellent clubs/bars or shopping. Or it’s close to where boy/girlfriend is studying. How many actually choose the degree for what it’s worth and where it will take them next?

I’ve written here before about how Grimsby has an image issue. People assume because it’s called Grimsby, that it’s actually grim here or that because it’s at the end of the M180, it’s the road to nowhere. It’s believed to have been named after its founder, a Danish fisherman called Grim who in folklore rescued Prince Havelok from the North Sea. Grimsby, like many places in the UK, has its downside. The upside is, that it is cheap to live, travelling is not an issue as everything is close by and within walking distance. Cleethorpes and its golden beach are down the road, Hull and its nightlife are over the river and the rolling Wolds are a stone’s throw away.

It is a friendly town and people always seem willing to chat and strike up conversations.  Speak to the students and they’ll tell you about the Multi-Platform Journalism programme and the reasons why they chose it.

And so many famous people have come from the town or chosen to live in the vicinity – John Hurt, Julie Peasgood, Chubby Brown, Johnny Leeze to name but a few.

And now the town has its own University Centre, a fantastic new building to house the Institute’s university programmes. It is bright, light and spacious. On the ground floor there is a cafe and coffee lounge/bar. There is a well stocked library which is open 24 hours a day.

On the media floor we have two TV studios – one green screen and a soft studio using Tricaster. There is a radio studio and multi-platform newsroom complete with ENPS, Final Cut Pro and the undergrads learn not only how to audio and video equipment to shoot and edit but also how to use their smart devices.

It’s an exciting course for all things social, digital, media, journalism and iPhone! Plus there are plenty of opportunities for work placements – Grimsby Telegraph, BBC Hull (Look North and Radio Humberside), Seven TV – all of whom have employed ex students too.

As people start to go into clearing then if you have 240 UCAS points then apply for this course. Our external examiner  Chris Walton, Project Editor of the BBC College of Journalism recently said at an exam board that this course prepares students to hit the ground running. As he called them, they’re oven ready! So if you want to learn the skills to become oven ready then give us a call!

Call 01472 311222  for more information and an application form.

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BJTC Accreditation

The course has been declared one of the best in the UK offering multi-platform journalism according to the Broadcast Journalism Training Council.

The BJTC panel visited us a fortnight ago and were bowled over by the facilities and the work the students were producing on the day.

Year 1 worked alongside Year 3 on a multi-platform news day. There were students producing a radio programme, which went out on livestream (GIFHE Radio). It included bulletins and packages as well as guests dropping by. The TV group were producing 60 second bulletins and then the online group were writing content for the web.

Alongside these were the social media group following each production area and tweeting and podcasting about the news content as well as about the crews.

It was an extremely stressful day. Some students seemed to be like ducks in water and were natural, while others seemed to flounder a bit. The realisation that this is their future career seemed a big factor. Newsrooms work like clockwork when people all pull together and do their bit to contribute. It’s about a work ethic and thinking on your feet. There is no time to sit around in the newsroom watching YouTube or being on Facebook for fun. One cog stopping working has a knock-on effect for the entire team.

It was great to see them work and work hard and let’s hope they go onwards and upwards. The more they practice this, the better they become.

It was a great achievement for all involved!

Students producing the radio programme

Multi-Platform Journalism

Tomorrow is the big day. For tomorrow we begin teaching in the University Centre as it is finally finished.

It looks impressive – it is modern, light and smells new. It also features some great pieces of kit in the media department.

We have a Tricaster studio which can be used for recording the news and creating a virtual set, as well as using for motion capture. There is also a soft news studio and a radio studio.

In the multi-platform production newsroom the students have access to ENPS – essential news production system – used by journalists in most major newsrooms and the PA newswire (Press Association).

Students will be using Nagra, Tascam and ipod touches to create audio content and Sony Z1 and also the latest Sony solid state memory recording cameras – Sony EX3.

Practical application of skills will see journalism students working on a daily video news bulletin for Seven TV and a half hour weekly news roundup as well as producing content for radio programmes.

It’s exciting times for students on the BA Multi-Platform Journalism degree and seeing as it’s UCAS time anyone considering journalism should consider our course.

Call 01472 315550 for more information.

Radio studio

The radio studio

The soft TV news studio with the multi-platform production room behind

The Tricaster TV studio

New journalism students & deadlines

Deadlines – that is something the new group need to understand. As I’ve explained to them when I set a task and give a deadline it needs to be adhered to.

It’s no good submitting the story hours, weeks after it has happened as it becomes old news by then. All in all they’re not doing too badly.

Here’s some more of their interviews with people about Grimsby and the fire at Somerfield. Again I’ve not edited anything. The brief was to interview people about their town and their job and write it up as a news story. As you’ll see some are not stories, but they soon will be. They differ in length and writing style.

1. By Christopher Laycock

With so much happening in the world of politics right now, and so many changes affecting people from all walks of life going on around the country, the opinions of the less prominent in society, often are forgotten, or cast aside. With this in mind I decided to go around the town, in search of local people willing to give me their time and their views about life in Grimsby.

One person, who preferred to remain anonymous, took the time to say this:

  1. What do you think of the town in general?

“I think it’s alright here. I mean when you look at the rest of the country, these days it’s no different really to anywhere else. You get the rough parts and those that are more “posh”, but again you get that anywhere. I’ll be the first to admit that it’s not the greatest place in the world, but at the end of the day, it’s where I was born and raised, so no matter what, it’s always going to be close to my heart.

  1. If you could change one thing about where you live, what would it be and why?

“The biggest thing for me that’s slightly disappointing is the bus service. Guaranteed there will be one at some point during the day but for some reason recently, particularly since the snow, for some reason the timings have been off, and busses on a Sunday are few and far between. They’ve just put up the prices as well and to be honest I can’t understand how they’ve managed to get away with that. I don’t think the service is good enough for the prices”

  1. Finally, given the issue with job availability nationwide, how do you rate the opportunities for employment here? And what do you do for a living?

“Well I’m like a lot of people in the country, no job. I hate it to be honest, I get very easily bored and for some reason there’s a sort of stigma attached to being jobless like you’ve chosen it or something and that living off benefits is something you enjoy. No, that’s not the case with me at all. Just can’t find one, I’d agree with most of the youngsters actually that there really is nothing out there.

I spoke to one or two more people briefly about what they thought of the town in general. And the above Q+A with one town resident, seems to be very much the general consensus among many others. Grimsby- always room for improvement, but definitely not the worst place to live.

2. By David Hulme

Julie Bryant, a local resident of Grimsby is very happy to be back living here after being in London for 20 years.

She missed the fresh sea air, and being beside the seaside. She loves the friendliness of the northern community but  she thought there could be more cycle tracks similar to Amsterdam ,and more facilities for the children to participate in.

Julie enjoying the delights of Grimsby










3. By Dan Kemp

Shoppers were evacuated from a store in Grimsby yesterday as local fire services rushed to the scene.

Emergency services were called out to the Somerfield store on Osborne Street in Grimsby town centre at around 12:45pm yesterday lunchtime. Following an evacuation from the store, all staff members as well as all customers were left waiting outside not knowing when they could return inside. One local shopper commented “I paid for parking and now I can’t even go shopping!”

Along with two fire engines, the local fire chief was also in attendance to oversee the operation however their response time was hampered by the one way system enforced within the town centre. This meant that the fire engines almost passed the store prior to turning around and heading back for the stores car park. The fire produced no casualties but we still await the cause.

4. By Julian Dugard

  1. About the Area (name not given)

Q: What is your opinion on Grimsby and the surrounding areas and why?

A: I like the town. There isn’t much to do anymore, but what there is, it gets you by. Like the shopping centre.

Q: What do you think about the Town’s facilities, what could be improved and why?

A: The facilities are very good although the public connivances should be cleaned more often and the bins should be collected when they are supposed to week in, week out.

Q: Do you think that the transport is sufficient enough to satisfy the demand for the local residents? If not, how do you think it could be improved?

A: The Transport is not sufficient enough, it should run more regular and the buses looked after properly.

  1. Job interview

Q. What do you do for a living in the area?

A. I’m a council gardener, the work is good but the pay should be better.

(At this, the male walked away and refused to answer any more questions)

5. By Julian Dugard

A lighting failure at Somerfield’s in central Grimsby resulted in two fire crews being called to attend the scene. At approximately 1:45pm last Thursday the crews arrived after a slight delay due to the enforced one way system around the store. Customers inside were evacuated to the fire points whilst the fire chief who was also in attendance, could carry out his investigations. One shopper said that she had “Paid for parking and now we can’t even go shopping”.

6. By Tom Harris

  1. What is it like living in Grimsby?

It’s alright, not the best place to live in.

  1. What is your job position?

I’m retired now, but I use to work in a supermarket as a cleaner.

7. By Leigh-Ann Green

As part of my course I interviewed Kenneth Williams, a man who has always lived in Grimsby on his opinions on the area. “This is my home” he said, the place where he lived in WWII, where he worked as a fisherman from the age of 13. I asked him what it was that kept him here, why he is so insistent that this will be the only place he will ever live. He tells me that although Grimsby has changed so far from what it used to be, he doesn’t care. Williams tells me that he loves that we don’t have the extreme weathers with being on the coast, so he enjoys walks along Cleethorpes Promenade with friends and his large family. Today he was just out enjoying the sunshine and talking to other regular walkers within Peoples Park, as a retired man, he says, he can go back to when he was a child and see how everything has changed. The change in the town, Williams says, started with Courtalds opening in 1957, bringing with it more skilled jobs, something different to a town where the main occupation was fishing. However, Williams was never tempted by more sociable hours and better pay; he tells me that fishing runs in his blood, so that’s what he did until the day he retired. He still likes to go fishing, just for leisure. Today, I found a man who knows so much about the history of Grimsby, not through academia or even stories passed down. He knows it from living through it, taking part in it and being interested in the town that he loves.

Another academic year

Last week the first years on the Multi-Platform Journalism degree met each other for the first time.

There are 15 and a mix of ages, abilities, backgrounds and gender – though males tend to outnumber females (for the first time ever).

As part of their induction I set them some tasks. They were to split into two groups and go into Grimsby and do a number of things – find people to interview about their town; find people to interview about their job. They were to take photos of themselves at various locations and find and research other information too.

it was a test of their ability to work as a group, as well as their ability to find things out and go up to strangers and interview them.

The group was nervous but came back all smiles and even managed to get an extra story – a fire at the local Somerfield, which even though it turned out to be nothing, they got interviews and photos. This was fantastic.

So I’d thought I’d share these first writings from them and the photos they took. I’ve not edited a thing but pasted them here  for all to see. Remember these people have not yet had any training on how to be a journalist or how to write like one. I just wanted to get down what they’d done, and follow that progression over the year. In the next blog, you will see the re-written pieces as I get them to work on them and polish them.

1. Interview with Andrew Daniels, Co-ordinator for landscaping Gardening speaks about working and living in Grimsby. By Jake French

Jake French- First of all what is your name?

Andrew Daniels- My name is Andrew Daniels.

Jake French- and what is your job here at Floral Hall?

Andrew Daniels- Well we are actually just, helping out doing some temporary work for them. I am actually from Grimsby Institute like yourself, and I am the Co-ordinator for the department, Landscape gardening

Jake French-So what other places do you work in for your department?

Andrew Daniels- We also work at Nunsthorpe campus and Kenwick in Louth.

Jake French- And do you enjoy what you do?

Andrew Daniels- Yes, the job is always varied we get a lot of different places to work and I like working with the students.

Jake French- Thanks for your time.

2.  By Dan Kemp

Shoppers were evacuated from a store in Grimsby yesterday as local fire services rushed to the scene.

Emergency services were called out to the Somerfield store on Osborne Street in Grimsby town centre at around 12:45pm yesterday lunchtime. Following an evacuation from the store, all staff members as well as all customers were left waiting outside not knowing when they could return inside. One local shopper commented “I paid for parking and now I can’t even go shopping!”

Along with two fire engines, the local fire chief was also in attendance to oversee the operation however their response time was hampered by the one way system enforced within the town centre. This meant that the fire engines almost passed the store prior to turning around and heading back for the stores car park. The fire produced no casualties but we still await the cause.

3. By Andrew Parker

Ian, a local fish merchant who used his redundancy payment over twenty years ago to start his mobile business after being laid off unexpectedly, after a career building caravans, insists that the country is still in love with Grimsby fish.

“ It is still rated as the best fish there is, the southerners just can’t get enough of it!”, he said.

Ian, who only sells in the south of England and always has done, went on to say that his business has been the making of him and his family and after the shock of redundancy, was an absolute blessing in disguise. He still enjoys his job and, as he was finished for the week today after picking up his fish load early this week, said that the few days away were more than made up for by the extra quality-time his occupation allowed him to spend with his family.

4. By Andrew Parker

A faulty fluorescent light in a Grimsby store today tested the emergency evacuation procedures of Somerfield supermarket and it’s neighbouring businesses when a smoke detector activated the store’s fire warning alarms.  All staff followed their fire warden’s instructions to leave the premises according to company procedures and were assembled at the relevent rendevous points whilst the fire service attended the incident with two tenders and entered Somerfield with one precautionary firehose.

Later the emergency services advised store management that a qualified industrial electrician would be required to provide advice and possible repair.

Staff at the assembly points reported that there was no panic and the evacuations went according to plan.

Shoppers evacuated from Grimsby's Somerfield store

Humberside Fire Brigade attending the fire at Somerfield, Grimsby