The purpose of the council is to provide a forum for students to tell the NCTJ what they think about the training scheme and how it can be improved. All council members will be responsible for providing feedback to the NCTJ during the course and they are the charity's direct link with students on NCTJ-accredited courses.
The council provides an opportunity to share thoughts on accreditation as well as the Diploma in Journalism and the final National Certificate Examinations which many students will sit to qualify as senior newspaper journalists once in full-time employment.
The last meeting of the council took place on Friday, 11 February at Press Association in London. Council members got the chance to network with editors and senior journalists from a range of organisations.
At the meeting, students elected representatives to attend the June board meeting in London so that the views of the council members can be discussed first-hand with the directors of the NCTJ.
For logistical reasons, membership of the council is restricted to one student representative per accredited course. It is very important that students on each NCTJ-accredited course elect their own representatives – they must not be nominated by tutors. The NCTJ covers all the costs of the event including lunch and reasonable agreed travel costs.