Well, fair enough. But my experience (of one of these courses and in the media industry) would suggest otherwise, personally. And I'd think that the people you know in the industry are a lot older, thus a number of them will have gone through the traditional straight-from-school or fast-track NCTJ route. It's not really the same now. Granted, you can become a great journalist without it, but it can greatly help.(Original post by unknown demon)
I remain unconvinced about journalism school based on the number of people I've met in the industry without it.
As for contact making opportunities there are far more events that are free and open to the public if you search for them. Surprisingly, some are on facebook if you delve deep enough. Would save you £8,000 as well.
Who do you think it is...