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Student journalists crack case

03 Jul 2007

Student journalists crack case A journalism course has been launched that encourages students to crack real cases.

The Masters course in Investigative Journalism, at the University of Strathclyde, is thought to be the first of its kind in Europe.

Eamonn O'Neill, the journalist who developed the course, told Holdthefrontpage.co.uk: "The course will arm students with the knowledge they need to dig out the facts people don't want them to find.

"The students will be asked to examine police and witness statements, confessions, forensics material, legal opinions."

He continued: "I firmly believe the only way to learn how to become an investigative journalist is to get out there and investigate."

Mr O'Neill is definitely the voice of experience.

The intrepid journalist uncovered a key piece of evidence which helped secure the release from prison of Robert Brown.

Mr Brown had previously spent 25 years in jail for a murder he had always said he did not commit.

The first students are expected to begin their studies on the course this autumn.

It should provide participants with valuable practical experience before entering a professional which is notoriously competitive.

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