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Bauer Media joins Broadcast Journalism Training Council

The BJTC (Broadcast Journalism Training Council) is delighted to welcome Bauer Media to its partnership of media employers setting the standards for multiplatform journalism training across the UK.

Bauer Media joins the BBC, ITV, ITN, Global, Channel 4, Sky News, AP, the NUJ, Reuters and AP as an official industry sponsor.

The BJTC is now the largest journalism accreditation body in the UK’s Higher Education sector, with more than 60 journalism courses either accredited or being considered for accreditation. 

It's partnership with leading media employers ensures journalists are trained in the growing number of skills required in the rapidly changing world of broadcast and multi-platform journalism. Along with more traditional journalism skills, graduates from BJTC-accredited universities are expected to be able to work with mobile and data, be adept at verification and proficient at producing social-short videos.

John Pickford, Editor-in-Chief, Bauer Radio News said, "Partnering with the BJTC gives Bauer Media an opportunity to support this development of journalism training. We will be able to assist the BJTC in ensuring that these courses meet the very highest standards when it comes to preparing journalism students for all the demands of a multi-media newsroom.

"We have a proud record of finding and developing people into award-winning multimedia journalists and this partnership will ensure that we are able to identify the very best emerging talent at BJTC-accredited broadcast journalism courses."

Jon Godel, Chief Executive, BJTC said, "Bauer Media brings a wealth of experience to the partnership.

"We’re delighted Bauer will be joining us to help shape and lead journalism training in the UK, bringing even more radio and digital expertise to our board. As an employer recruiting students directly from BJTC courses, Bauer recognises BJTC students have the journalism skills modern, multi-platform newsrooms need."

Bauer Media has radio stations across the UK including Hits and Greatest Hits Radio, Absolute Radio, Magic, KISS and Scala Radio. 

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For further information, please contact:

Helen Hurd, BJTC - 0845 600 8789 - sec@bjtc.org.uk  

About BJTC (Broadcast Journalism Training Council):

The Broadcast Journalism Training Council (BJTC) is a non-profit educational charity working in partnership with all the main multimedia broadcast employers in the UK. Current partners include, BBC, Sky News, Channel 4 News, Reuters, ITN, ITV, Global radio, Associated Press, and the NUJ. 

One of the largest independent journalism accreditation bodies in the UK, the BJTC accredit more than 50 courses at over 40 educational institutions. 

Council members are made up of leading industry and training experts - working together to ensure students of BJTC-accredited courses receive the best training possible. Together they set the criteria for accrediting courses, then teams of professional journalists and tutors advise and inspect them.

The BJTC accreditation standards are relevant and responsive to the operational demands of the broadcast industry and are based on direct and practical experience, ensuring BJTC-accredited courses are valued by teachers and students, as well as employers and employees.

About Bauer Media UK:

Bauer Media UK reaches over 25 million UK consumers through a portfolio of world-class, multi-platform media and entertainment brands including heat, KISS, Grazia, Empire, Magic, Absolute Radio and the Hits Radio Network. These brands offer commercial partners access to highly engaged audiences, with creative solutions underpinned by insight and instinct. Bauer Media UK is part of the Bauer Media Group, one of the world’s largest privately owned media businesses with media assets all over the globe.