The press coverage of further education is strangely patchy. Education is now taken more seriously by editors than in the past but technical education is considered pretty dull stuff. Most newspapers now employ specialist education correspondents and they all become quickly aware of the magnitude and significance of the FE sector. Inevitably teachers are disatisfied with some of the stories that find their way into print and there are complaints about the preference the papers have for scandal and sensation. But on the whole the correspondents succeed in publishing a lot of material sympathetic and favourable to the colleges, often with little encouragement from principals and local authorities. Some newspapers and their education correspondents can justifiably claim great credit for the improvement in public knowledge about the colleges.
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