Alumnus returns to lead course he graduated from

10 October 2018

After graduating from NTU, Jonny Greatrex (MA Newspaper Journalism 2007) joined the Birmingham and Post and Mail Group as a trainee in 2008.

He rose to be digital development editor at the West Midlands titles before leaving in 2015 to become BA Multimedia Journalism course leader at Canterbury Christchurch University (CCCU).

Now, after a three-year stint at CCCU, Jonny has returned to the East Midlands and will lead NTU’s MA in News Journalism, the successor to his former course.

Jonny said: "To be returning to NTU to lead my old course gives me a feeling of immense pride. My time at Trent set me up really well for entry into the industry and meant I was able to land a traineeship at a major regional publisher.

"The course has an excellent reputation, I hope I can keep that going while inspiring a new generation of journalists.”

Mark Dunford, Head of Department for Journalism and Media, added: “I’m delighted to welcome Jonny back to NTU after his successful time in industry and academia.“

It is important for the current generation of students to be taught by someone who honed his skills and knowledge here in the Centre for Broadcasting and Journalism. His success is a testament to the work of everyone who has worked here.”

Jonny was part of the Birmingham Mail team which landed Regional Press Awards Website of the Year and Digital Awards in 2015.

During his time at CCCU he helped journalism students relaunch the university's defunct campus newspaper Unified as a multi-platform news operation. Unified won Best Newcomer at the Student Publications Association 2018 awards.



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