Record NCTJ Student Council attendance anticipated

Student journalists will tomorrow participate in the NCTJ Student Council, an event which places students at the heart of NCTJ decision-making.

43 representatives of students currently studying on 68 NCTJ accredited-courses will attend the annual event at The Guardian.

Joanne Butcher, NCTJ chief executive, said: “The NCTJ Student Council has been growing every year and we are delighted so many students have seized the chance to place themselves at the heart of NCTJ decision-making.”

The council members will get the chance to question senior NCTJ staff about the issues that matter to them in a panel session chaired by Joanne Butcher. Progress with action agreed at previous meetings will be reported including the considerable investment the training body has made in its website. Students attending previous meetings have demanded more direct communication with the NCTJ and the revamped website, which aims to do this, will be unveiled. All NCTJ students will be able to log-in to the site for advice, guidance and support as well as to check their examination results.

Bob Satchwell, executive director of the Society of Editors and an NCTJ director, will chair a panel of editors, who students can quiz about their future careers and the skills needed to thrive in today’s newsrooms. Panellists include Brien Beharrell, editorial director, Newbury Weekly News Group, Jeroen Bergmans, editor, easyJet Magazine, Graham Dudman, managing editor of The Sun, Dave King, editor, Swindon Advertiser and Dominic Ponsford, editor of Press Gazette,

Following group discussions, students will feedback ideas and suggestions for consideration by the board of directors and trustees.

The day will conclude with The Guardian assistant comment editor Joseph Harker’s address to students and tours of the impressive multimedia newsroom.