PPA Accreditation: Magazine Journalism team win industry approval

Industry chiefs have given the thumbs up to Sheffield Hallam University’s magazine journalism pathway.

The Professional Publishers’ Association (PPA) decided to re-accredit the course for two years after a visit today, Wednesday (14 October).

PPA director Loraine Davies and Mike Stones, editor of B2B magazine Food Manufacture, met the teaching team and undergraduate students. They saw samples of student work at all levels, from news websites to individual magazines produced for final year projects.

Journalism lecturers Sue Featherstone, Carolyn Waudby and Clare Jenkins (left to right)
Journalism lecturers Sue Featherstone, Carolyn Waudby and Clare Jenkins (left to right)

Loraine said: “We spoke to some very sparky and creditable students. As a group they were very articulate.”

Mike added that the guest speaker list was “one of the best they had ever seen.” He also described the teaching team as “hugely supportive to students.”

Joint course leader Clare Jenkins, who teaches feature writing and publishing, said: “We are delighted to receive this endorsement from the industry.

“It reflects the hard work of both the team and the students and shows that we try our best to keep up with the latest developments in the magazine publishing world.

“Having this PPA accreditation is so useful to our students in terms of networking, understanding the industry in all its forms, opportunities for work placements and entry to competitions.”

Carolyn Waudby, senior lecturer, added: “It is highly prestigious both for the university and the journalism course. Working towards this goal has stretched us and we believe that the course, the teaching and our own professional skills have benefited immensely.”

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