Press and Journal ed slams journalism degree courses

Derek Tucker criticised the standard of would-be reporters emerging from journalism courses.

Derek Tucker, the outgoing editor of Aberdeen's Press and Journal newspaper, today criticised the standard of would-be reporters emerging from journalism degree courses saying newspapers needed to again take the lead in training young staff.

Tucker told the Society of Editors Conference today that he wouldn't follow the industry trend to do away with sub-editors and have reporters write into page templates over fears that the quality of his paper would be adversely affected.

"It may well be that reporters writing direct to pages is the way ahead but I would be very reluctant to embrace that given the current state of the education system and our industry's decision to handover to universities the training of the future generation of journalists," he told delegates at the event in Glasgow.

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