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UWI launches Certificate in Journalism programme

For Release Upon Receipt - October 26, 2010

St. Augustine


ST AUGUSTINE, Trinidad And Tobago – The countdown is on to the launch of The University of the West Indies (UWI) Certificate in Journalism.

Journalists, both practising and prospective, will soon be invited to apply for the new one-year, full-time Certificate in Journalism programme, scheduled to begin on The UWI St Augustine Campus, Faculty of Humanities and Education, in January, 2011.

“Our expectation in developing this Certificate in Journalism programme is that the industry will have access to a cadre of persons who, when they have graduated from the programme, can enter newsrooms and immediately begin to pull their weight as journalists, even while they are learning the routines of individual newsrooms and media organisations,” said Patricia Worrell, Programme Coordinator.

The Certificate in Journalism programme has been designed for both beginners and practising journalists who want to be prepared to perform more effectively in a 21st century media environment. It was developed by the university in close and continuous collaboration with the media industry, and includes a six-week internship with a media organisation selected by the student and approved by the University.

The internship was designed “to help develop  competencies all journalists must have by providing students with practical experiences of what it is like to work as a journalist, covering different institutions and events and working short stints in newsrooms,” Worrell said. “Students will also benefit from the practical experiences of persons who know the challenges and the benefits of following a career in journalism.”

The programme also provides a number of different approaches to on-campus course delivery, so that in addition to traditional lecture formats, students will take part in workshops where they perform different roles and functions as writers and editors. They will also have access to online materials and discussions. The programme will be staffed by lecturers from the UWI as well as by highly experienced media practitioners.

For more information, please contact Patricia Worrell, Programme Coordinator, at or (868) 388 6299 or 663 1334 Ext. 3405.

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Over the last six decades, The University of the West Indies (UWI) has evolved from a fledgling college in Jamaica with 33 students to a full-fledged University with over 40,000 students. Today, UWI is the largest and most longstanding higher education provider in the English-speaking Caribbean, with main campuses in Barbados, Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago, and Centres in Anguilla, Antigua & Barbuda, The Bahamas, Belize, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Dominica, Grenada, Montserrat, St Christopher (St Kitts) & Nevis, St Lucia, and St Vincent & the Grenadines. UWI recently launched its Open Campus, a virtual campus with over 50 physical site locations across the region, serving over 20 countries in the English-speaking Caribbean. UWI is an international university with faculty and students from over 40 countries and collaborative links with over 60 universities around the world. Through its seven Faculties, UWI offers undergraduate and postgraduate degree options in Engineering, Humanities & Education, Law, Medical Sciences, Pure & Applied Sciences, Science and Agriculture, and Social Sciences.