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Sports Broadcast Journalism students at Solent University, Southampton can be confident they are receiving the highest quality education as the course becomes the only MA in the country to gain an accreditation from the prestigious Broadcast Journalism Training Council (BJTC).

5th February 2024
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Recognition by the BJTC – an organisation which consults with some of the UK’s leading broadcasters, including the BBC and Channel 4 – sets Solent apart as a University delivering an exceptional standard of learning and teaching.

Jon Godel, BJTC Chief Executive, says: “The course has demonstrated, through our industry-led accreditation process, that it meets the high sports journalism standards and skills required by the UK’s leading media employers.”

Solent’s work-ready approach is paying off, with graduates of the Sports Broadcast Journalism MA going on to big things at broadcasters including the BBC and Sky, and productions such as the Las Vegas Grand Prix. Graduate Leanne Goodall, who has carved out a career in TV and is now working at Woodcut Media – a company known for producing captivating television productions - credits the course for giving her the confidence to step into broadcasting, saying:

“The course taught me to push myself and gave me the skills to step straight into my first TV role - it’s just like real life! Now, less than two years after I entered the industry, I am an Assistant Producer making documentaries and unscripted TV for various channels and streamers worldwide. My MA training was invaluable and I’m forever grateful for my experience.”

As the only University in the UK to offer a BJTC-accredited master’s in Sports Broadcast Journalism, Solent’s students are developing the skills and experience industry employers are looking for, elevating graduates above their peers when they enter the job market.

Current student Callum Kemp, who aims to work in football broadcasting, says: “Joining this course is one of the best decisions I have ever made. Everyone involved with the course is supportive and they have provided me with a multitude of skills and opportunities that will undoubtedly benefit me after I graduate.”

This latest accreditation means both of Solent’s sports journalism courses are BTJC-accredited. Course Leader, Kevin O’Donovan, says:

“I'm really pleased that not only has the dedication of the course team on MA Sports Broadcast Journalism been recognised in this way, but that the course has been championed for successfully preparing our students to work in the sports broadcasting field, as our successful alumni prove every day.”