Journalism industry research

The NCTJ is committed to an on-going programme of research to provide the industry with up-to-date labour market information about journalism. This will be used to inform our current and future strategy and to help us develop our projects and services so that they benefit everyone the charity helps.

Journalists at work 2012

In 2002 the independent survey, Journalists at Work, was published. The results provided a snapshot of the state of the journalism industry, and allowed the NCTJ to better design courses that prepare students for entry into journalism. Ten years on, this research is still highly regarded – being, for example, a key reference document in the May 2012 Milburn Report on Social Mobility, Fair Access to Professional Careers. And with the release of the 2012 Journalists at Work survey in March 2013, funded by the NCTJ, it is apparent that much has changed in the last 10 years.

A key part of the research is the results from a survey of 1,067 working journalists. Thank you to everyone who took part.

The full Journalists at Work 2012 research report is available here.

Emerging skills for journalists 2014

The world in which journalists work is fast-changing. Our issues paper sets out some of those changes, which we need to understand so that we can begin to identify what is happening, and what will happen, to journalism skills. To this end we discuss:

  • developments in the business models of publishing and broadcasting;
  • the impact of Leveson;
  •  employers’ use of journalists and journalists’ skills;
  • changing journalistic skills: the impact of IT and digitisation on journalistic skills;
  • changing sectoral employment of journalists; and
  • continuing skills and professional development.

As we identify these issues, and the implications of them for the employment and use of journalistic skills, we also need to have an eye to the future – whether the change identified will continue to develop and therefore continue to have an impact.

The issues paper is available here and the consultation paper is available here.