The Lincoln School of Journalism (LSJ) has been given a “Recognised for Excellence” award by the European Journalism Training Association (EJTA).

The LSJ was among the first lot of journalism schools to receive the new award from EJTA. To gain it the school went through a process which Marianne Peters, a former president of EJTA, describes as “difficult and elaborate.”

She says: “It is a new procedure to ensure EJTA has only very good institutions as members. Lincoln’s School of Journalism, which I inspected myself, is certainly one of these serious schools.”

The LSJ’s head, Professor John Tulloch, says he is “delighted” and “greatly honoured”. “We’re now members of an exclusive club,” he says.

Debbie Wilson, the programme leader for the LSJ’s undergraduate course, was similarly pleased. She says: “This whole process was labour intensive and very time consuming… but our efforts paid off.”

“Colleagues can be deservedly proud that their hard work has led to us to being the first institution to be ‘Recognised for Excellence’ by EJTA.”

The school joined the association in May, along with Southampton Solent University and six other schools from across Europe. EJTA was set up in 1990 to encourage co-operation between journalism schools and currently has over 50 members.

Domestically, the school’s BA Journalism course has been accredited by the Broadcast Journalism Training Council and the Periodicals Training Council.

By Rob Wells

Rob is a third-year journalism student at the University of Lincoln, and is originally from Leicester. He also writes on his website.