Production journalism

Duration: No time limit
Fee: please see order form

Tutor support: one hour

Production journalism is one of the specialist options that makes up the Diploma in Journalism qualification and can be studied alongside, or following completion of the core skills. The distance learning course builds on the introduction to editing in the reporting syllabus.

The course would also suit working journalists who wish to make the move to sub-editing, or equally for anyone wishing to get into journalism from another industry.

Production journalism is becoming an even more important skill as journalists are publishing stories without the luxury of copy being checked. The culture of getting it right first time needs to be instilled into trainees.

Studying the programme will enable candidates to sit the NCTJ's production journalism exam, showing editors they have a wide range of subbing, publishing and design skills.

Candidates are required to sit a two hour on-screen sub-editing exam.

Candidates can choose either the news or magazine assessments. In the exam, candidates have to edit one page lead, three fillers and listings as well as writing an on-line headline and a proof reading exercise.

Topics covered:

  • The role of the sub-editor
  • Desktop publishing
  • Subbing news stories
  • Subbing different types of stories
  • Sub-editing and proof-reading online material
  • Headline writing
  • Typography
  • Pictures and captions
  • Proof-reading
  • Design

Course book: Waterhouse on Newspaper Style is included in the course fee. The book can also be purchased separately from the online shop

Distance learning candidates are eligible to sit the examination for this unit on designated national exam dates. Candidates may specify their preferred software package on the exam application.

However, the NCTJ are not able to guarantee the use of any specific software requested, or specific versions of software.  Candidates should be prepared to use an alternative for the exam.