College of Journalism

What is the College?

The BBC's White City Building in West London.

The BBC College of Journalism - or CoJo - is part of the BBC Academy.

The College was formed in 2005 and is responsible for the design and delivery of learning and training to all BBC journalists in the UK and around the world.

The College teaches every aspect of journalism: craft skills like writing and storytelling; the technical skills required to operate in a digital, multi-platform world; social media and the web; and ethics, values and law.

That learning is delivered through a wide variety of face-to-face training, one-to-one coaching, a programme of events and this website.

The College's HQ is in the BBC Academy in White City, but it also has offices or staff at Television Centre and Bush House in London, Bristol, Leicester, Newcastle, Glasgow, Belfast and Cardiff.

A little more history

The College was established after the Hutton Inquiry and the subsequent report that the BBC commissioned from the former BBC News executive Ron Neil.

The Neil Report recommended the BBC create a College of Journalism to offer its journalists more and better learning opportunities.

The thinking was that they could then perfect core skills such as accurate, contemporaneous note-taking and learn about the risks - and opportunities - of working with confidential sources. These were two of the shortcomings in Andrew Gilligan's reporting that led to the Hutton Inquiry.

At the same time, BBC management restated the values on which BBC journalism was to be solidly based. The five editorial values are:

  • Truth and accuracy
  • Impartiality
  • Independence
  • The public interest
  • Accountability to audiences.

No ivy-clad quads

Unfortunately, another of the Neil Report's recommendations (that the BBC College of Journalism should be a residential college) never materialised. There is no leafy campus deep in the British countryside. CoJo is instead based at White City in West London.

Through this website and initiatives such as the extensive Journalism Programme - a series of nationwide informal learning events held all over the UK - the College of Journalism offers equality of access to all BBC journalists, irrespective of where they work.

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