Introducing: the College of Media and Publishing
THE UK’s leading online media college, CTJT, has changed its name to reflect a significant expansion in the courses it offers.
Established by former newspaper editor and current Press Gazette legal columnist, Cleland Thom, in 2003, the distance learning specialist became the College of Media and Publishing (CMP) on Monday, January 12th.
The business was initially established as Cleland Thom Journalism Training (CTJT) to deliver the NCTJ qualification by distance learning.
It has also providing in-house training to more than 1,500 print, online and broadcast journalist throughout the UK.
But over the past 11 years the college has expanded beyond its journalistic roots to offer more than 50 courses in a range of subjects including proof reading, copywriting, PR and SEO.
It has trained more than 3,000 students in that time, growing to become the UK’s largest online media college and employing a team of nine full and part time staff.
Mr Thom said that the new name was required to accurately represent the breadth of courses now on offer and the growing status of the college.
It started out with just one student in the UK but now has students in more than 100 countries, many in some of the world’s most deprived places thanks to the college’s scholarship fund.
Mr Thom said: “CTJT worked OK as Cleland Thom Journalism Training when I was running the business on my own, delivering only journalism courses, but the world of media has evolved significantly since then and we have evolved with it.
“The number and types of courses grew along with demand until we could no longer consider ourselves to be just a journalism college so the old name had to go. The College of Media and Publishing is much more fitting for the range of services we offer.”
Mr Thom added the success of the college over the past 11 years had been down to the results the students achieved, as well as the flexible way they were able to work.
“Our exam results have consistently been among the best in the country for over ten years,” he said.
“And it’s been exciting being able to deliver the NCTJ diploma to people in remote regions, who would normally have been excluded. We’ve had people sitting exams in places ranging from Buenos Aires to Warsaw.
“We have also given people the freedom to study whenever they like and take as long as they need to complete their course, so we are much more flexible than a traditional college and that has been a big part of our success.”
For more information about the College of Media and Publishing visit www.collegeofmediaandpublishing.co.uk
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