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ITV newsreader Mark Austin offered his expert advice to journalism students at Highbury College - where his career began more than three decades ago.

Mark explained that his NCTJ training was still relevant today, citing knowledge of media law as of particular importance for any journalist looking to make it in the industry.

The Highbury students were also given a tour of the ITV newsroom and studio, and had the chance to meet ITV News correspondent Emma Murphy.

Paul Foster, programme leader of the NCTJ courses at Highbury, said: “Mark generously gave up his time to speak to the students who loved hearing about his wonderful career and witnessing the hustle and bustle of a national TV newsroom.

“Mark spoke fondly of his time at Highbury and how the NCTJ training was so important in developing his career.”

Highbury College currently runs two NCTJ-accredited Diploma in Journalism courses. Both start this September. To apply, go or to enquire, email

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