Sunday, 6 February 2011

Well done to Malta's journalism graduates

Celebration - ten of the graduates with their diplomas
Congratulations to 13 journalists at Allied Newspapers in Malta who were presented with their diploma in journalism at a ceremony in Valletta on Friday. The presentation marked the end of two years hard work during which the journalists, from the Times and Sunday Times, attended training sessions with me, my colleague Andy Drinkwater and lecturers in Maltese law and government. They also had to work in a newsroom for 18 months, submit a portfolio of work, pass exams in journalism, government and law and write a dissertation on the impact of digital technology on the media in Malta. The journalists were mentored throughout by former Allied editors Victor Aquilina and Laurence Grech. The Allied Newspapers Diploma in Journalism diploma was set up in 2008 in partnership with Press Association Training who administered the training and accredited the award. It is the first time a practical diploma in journalism has been run in Malta. Allied was given a top national award - the Learning and Development Award at the Malta People Awards 2010 - for its investment in the diploma. I presented the diploma certificates on Friday with Allied MD Vincent Buhagiar and executive director Adrian Hillman at the reception. Those receiving the awards were Juan Ameen, Cynthia Busuttil, Claudia Calleja, Valhmor Camilleri, Fiona Galea Debono, Christian Peregin, Ariadne Massa, Mark Micallef, Caroline Muscat, Joanna Ripard, Veronica Stivala, Matthew Xuereb and Rosanne Zammit. Special awards were given to Ariadne Massa (portfolio), Joanna Ripard (journalism exam) and Fiona Galea Debono (government and law exam). Well done to all of them, it was a privilege to be involved. 
The graduates, executives, mentors and trainers at the ceremony

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