Broadcast Journalism

This double module covers the additional skills required to operate effectively as a broadcast journalist in television and radio.

Trainees will learn how to research, write and produce high-quality reports for radio and television. It will also instil a degree of familiarity with the technology, techniques, language and regulation of broadcast journalism and teach some practical skills. It should reflect the best current practice in broadcast newsrooms in the UK.

The aim of the broadcast journalism assessment is to ensure trainee broadcast journalists:

  • can research and write clear, accurate, compliant and engaging stories for radio and television
  • understand the techniques of interviewing for broadcast and can conduct a simple broadcast interview themselves
  • can demonstrate familiarity with the basic techniques and technology of broadcast newsgathering, including the sourcing of material
  • have an awareness of the basic set-up of radio and television news studios and can operate simple radio and television equipment
  • can show a good working knowledge of the key principles of broadcast regulation as laid out in the Ofcom Broadcasting Code
  • are familiar with the language and terminology of a broadcast newsroom.

In writing, good grammar, spelling and punctuation will be expected. Work will be legally sound and comply with broadcast regulation.

The programme of study covers: writing for broadcast; voice training; interviewing; newsgathering and digital media; broadcast production techniques including editing and graphics; broadcast regulation; the language and terminology of broadcasting; and how news is consumed.

There are four assessments for this module: two practical, timed exams for TV news and radio news; a one-hour broadcast regulation exam; and a coursework element which includes producing a TV news package and a radio news package.

This option is not available on the NCTJ's distance learning course.