Public affairs

All professional journalists should have a broad understanding of how government works at a local and national level, how they link together, where news stories come from and how to develop such stories.

Public affairs learning should be integrated with practical journalism and trainees must have an awareness of current news issues related to public affairs.

There are three different programmes of study and examinations for England and Wales, Scotland, and Northern Ireland. Candidates are required to sit an exam which assesses their knowledge of public affairs and its practical application to the job of a journalist.