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Roy Greenslade is professor of journalism at City University, and was editor of the Daily Mirror from 1990-91.
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Powered by Guardian.co.ukThis article titled “Brighton City College axes journalism courses to cut costs” was written by Roy Greenslade, for theguardian.com on Friday 2nd May 2014 09.10 UTC

The successful journalism courses at Brighton and Hove City College are being axed. Staff were informed by email on Wednesday that they face redundancy when the courses are shut down at the end of term.

About 50 students a year pass through the college, some studying for the full year while others take the fast-track course. It is accredited by the National Council for the Training of Journalists (NCTJ) and has been running since the late 1990s.

A staff member lamented: "One of the most popular, successful and friendly NCTJ courses is going to the wall. It's very sad."

It is part of a cost-saving exercise by the college authorities that also means the closure of other courses, such as fine art and adult disabled learning. The courses are considered "no longer viable or cost-effective."

According to a Brighton Argus report, 48 full-time jobs will go, half of them involving teaching staff and the rest from other services.

The college principal, Lynn Thackway, said the college had no choice because it was vital the college returned to a position of "financial health".

She is quoted in the Argus as saying: "The restructure… is about realigning the staff costs at a time when funding is being cut or reduced with many of our costs rising."

She said the college's financial difficulties were largely the result of changes to government funding, an issue facing the entire further education industry.

Personal note: I have given an annual talk to the City College students (as has The Guardian's Nick Davies). We are, naturally enough, both upset at the news.

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