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Guidance for NQJ candidates and trainers on the Defamation Act 2013 14th January 2014

The NCTJ has issued guidance for the March NQJ exam following the commencement of the Defamation Act 2013.

MBE for NCTJ board member 31st December 2013

Congratulations to Northern Echo editor Peter Barron who has been recognised in the New Year's Honours.

Annual awards celebrate best of NQJ 2013 20th December 2013

Two senior journalists have been awarded prizes for exceptional performance in the National Qualification for Journalism (NQJ).

NCTJ student wins shorthand award 19th December 2013

The top-performing NCTJ student at the University of Ulster was presented with a shorthand award by chancellor James Nesbitt on Tuesday 17 December.

Candidates achieve highest pass rate of the year in November NQJ 18th December 2013

Candidates sitting the National Qualification in Journalism (NQJ) have achieved the highest pass rate since the National Qualification in Journalism (NCE) became the NQJ in March 2013. Fifty-four reporters achieved senior reporter status – a pass rate of 62 per cent.

Archant London trainees dominate NQJ awards 18th December 2013

Archant London trainees have scooped two of the four cash prizes for exceptional performance in the November National Qualification for Journalism (NQJ).

Students entering a “new world of journalism” says NCTJ chairman in annual report 9th December 2013

Kim Fletcher, chairman of the NCTJ, says the latest task for the organisation is to equip future journalists with the skills to succeed in the “new world of journalism”.

Distinguished editor and leading academic join NCTJ board 30th November 2013

Peter Barron, Northern Echo editor, and Colm Murphy, head of the media, film and journalism school at the University of Ulster, have been appointed directors of the NCTJ.

“Remarkable” we still have so many who still want to be journalists, says Society of Editors president 29th November 2013

It is remarkable, given the “slings and arrows”, that we have so many who still aspire to be journalists, Ian Murray, editor of the Southern Daily Echo told delegates at the Journalism Skills Conference.

Mark Austin talks journalism training at NCTJ gala dinner 28th November 2013

ITV journalist and broadcaster, Mark Austin, paid tribute to his NCTJ training during NCTJ’s annual gala dinner in Bournemouth on Wednesday, 27 November.

Practical journalism ethics is most important change made by NCTJ says DC Thomson boss 28th November 2013

The introduction of compulsory ethics training for student journalists is the most important change made by the NCTJ, Donald Martin, editor of The Sunday Post, told delegates at the NCTJ Journalism Skills Conference.

Change "self-destructive" industry culture, Sky News boss tells NCTJ conference 27th November 2013

News organisations must explain to young journalists that “negativity, fear and an ‘at-all-costs’ culture is ultimately self-destructive”, the head of Sky News told the NCTJ’s annual Journalism Skills Conference today.

Journalists need to become "digital natives", says CNN Digital vice president 27th November 2013

Journalism trainers and practitioners need to embrace the social digital revolution and become “digital natives” the vice president of CNN International Digital told delegates at the NCTJ Journalism Skills Conference.

Top performing NCTJ-accredited courses recognised at Journalism Skills Conference 27th November 2013

The five top performing NCTJ accredited courses for 2012-13 were presented with awards following the gala dinner at the Journalism Skills Conference held at the Print Room in Bournemouth on 27 November.

Growing digital revenue ‘light at end of the tunnel’ for newspapers, NCTJ conference told 27th November 2013

The growth in digital revenues for newspapers shows there is light at the end of the tunnel, the managing editor of The Herald and Times Group said today (27 November).

Excellence in journalism celebrated at NCTJ conference 27th November 2013

Promising young journalists and photographers were presented with their NCTJ Awards for Excellence at the Journalism Skills Conference in Bournemouth on Wednesday, 27 November.

NCTJ Chairman's Award honours public affairs guru 27th November 2013

David Kett, senior examiner for the NCTJ and member of the public affairs board, has been honoured with the 2013 NCTJ Chairman’s Award for his outstanding contribution to journalism training and education.

Head of Sky News leads line-up at Journalism Skills Conference 26th November 2013

Leaders in journalism training will gather at the NCTJ’s sixth annual Journalism Skills Conference on Wednesday, 27 November to discuss the pressing issues facing the industry.

Reporters sit National Qualification in Journalism 8th November 2013

Eighty-nine reporters sat NCTJ exams on Friday, 8 November hoping to gain senior qualification status.

NCTJ student wins Column Idol competition 7th November 2013

Rebecca Stubbs, a journalism student at the University of Sunderland, has been published in Britain’s biggest newspaper after winning a national writing competition.

NCTJ launches campaign to promote accredited journalism courses 6th November 2013

The NCTJ is investing in its most extensive promotional campaign yet to promote NCTJ-accredited courses to potential students and careers advisers.

Paul Delmar honoured with lifetime achievement award 5th November 2013

Paul Delmar, former head of photography and photojournalism at Sheffield College, has been awarded the UK Picture Editors’ Guild Chairman’s Award for outstanding contribution to press photography.

NCTJ announces full programme for Journalism Skills Conference in Bournemouth 31st October 2013

The NCTJ’s annual Journalism Skills Conference promises to be a must-attend event for decision-makers in journalism’s education, training and industry sectors as the full programme is published.

Mark Austin to be guest of honour at NCTJ awards dinner 24th October 2013

ITV journalist and broadcaster Mark Austin is to deliver the after-dinner speech at this year’s Journalism Skills Conference in Bournemouth on 27 November.

McNae co-author presents at Defamation Act seminar 22nd October 2013

Twenty-eight journalism trainers and industry professionals attended the NCTJ Defamation Act seminar at Bloomberg in London on Friday, 18 October.

Shortlist for NCTJ Awards for Excellence published 16th October 2013

The full shortlists for the NCTJ Awards for Excellence have been announced.

Top industry professionals to judge Awards for Excellence 10th October 2013

Top journalists and editors from The Guardian and The Sun as well as magazines and regional newspapers are among those who have been announced as judges for this year's NCTJ Awards for Excellence.

Southern Daily Echo to sponsor Journalism Skills Conference 9th October 2013

The NCTJ is delighted to announce that the Southern Daily Echo is to be one of the main sponsors of the Journalism Skills Conference in Bournemouth on 27 - 28 November.

Death of a legend: media law guru Walter Greenwood 30th September 2013

Walter Greenwood, the NCTJ’s former chief examiner for media law who chaired the media law examinations board twice, has died aged 87. 

New recruits begin NCTJ apprenticeship scheme 26th September 2013

Eleven journalism apprentices will begin their training at Lambeth College on Friday, 27 September.

McNae co-author to lead NCTJ Defamation Act seminar 24th September 2013

Mike Dodd, co-author of McNae’s Essential Media Law for Journalists, will be delivering the NCTJ’s Defamation Act seminar on Friday 18 October.

Diversity in journalism celebrated at The Sun 19th September 2013

A Journalism Diversity Fund celebration took place at The Sun

Sponsor the NCTJ's Chariots of Fire charity run 16th September 2013

The NCTJ are running a charity relay race in Cambridge

Awards for Excellence deadline extended 13th September 2013

The deadline for entries to this year’s NCTJ Awards for Excellence has been extended by two weeks. NCTJ students and trainees now have until 5pm on Friday 27 September to submit their entries.

NCTJ announces Journalism Skills Conference venues 12th September 2013

The NCTJ has announced the venues for this year's Journalism Skills Conference in November, showcasing the very best of journalism's heritage in Bournemouth.

Journalism Skills Conference: early bird rate extended until 31 August 8th August 2013

Time is running out to take advantage of the special early bird rate for delegates attending the Journalism Skills Conference in Bournemouth on 27-28 November 2013.

Fifty reporters achieve senior status in NQJ 7th August 2013

Fifty journalists are celebrating achieving senior status after passing the National Qualification in Journalism (NQJ) - a pass rate of 49 per cent.

Top NQJ candidates win NCTJ awards 7th August 2013

Four newly qualified senior reporters are celebrating after winning awards for exceptional performance in the July National Qualification for Journalists (NQJ).

NCTJ student wins magazine memorial award 22nd July 2013

Laura Symonds, a graduate of the NCTJ-accredited BA Magazine Journalism at University of Sunderland, has scooped the first ever The JournalKevin Overbury Award for Best Magazine Journalism Student.

NCTJ graduate awarded prize in honour of budding journalist 12th July 2013

An NCTJ-graduate from Glasgow Caledonian University has been awarded a journalism prize set up in memory of a another budding journalist who died suddenly at the age of 21.

Four new courses awarded NCTJ accreditation 10th July 2013

The NCTJ has awarded accreditation for the first time to four journalism courses and has renewed accreditation for 26 courses.

Over one hundred reporters sit senior exams 5th July 2013

More than one hundred reporters sat NCTJ exams today hoping to gain senior qualification status.

Early bird rates available for Journalism Skills Conference 4th July 2013

The NCTJ is to stage its sixth annual Journalism Skills Conference in Bournemouth on 27-28 November 2013. 

NCTJ graduate wins Weekly Reporter of the Year at Midlands Media Awards 2013 19th June 2013

An NCTJ-trained Staffordshire University journalism student has scooped “Weekly Reporter of the Year” at the Midlands Media Awards 2013.

Ethics training for student journalists endorsed by regional editor at NCTJ seminar 17th June 2013

Introducing practical training in ethics matters to everyone in the industry, the NCTJ’s vice-chairman told an audience of journalism educators and trainers at a seminar in London.

Student journalists from News Associates London and the University of Sunderland meet NCTJ directors 13th June 2013

Representatives from this year’s Student Council attended the NCTJ’s June board meeting to give their views about their training and qualifications.

Evening Standard, Independent and BBC support new NCTJ apprenticeship scheme for journalists 31st May 2013

The NCTJ has developed an Advanced Apprenticeship in Journalism, in partnership with leading employers. The first pilot scheme will begin in September 2013 at Lambeth College and the Evening Standard, The Independent and BBC radio have already signed up nine apprentices.

Bournemouth to host NCTJ Journalism Skills Conference 30th May 2013

The NCTJ is to stage its sixth annual Journalism Skills Conference in Bournemouth on 27 and 28 November 2013

NCTJ Awards for Excellence open for entries 29th May 2013

The NCTJ’s annual Awards for Excellence in Journalism are now open for entries from students and trainees across the UK

NCTJ graduate crowned Young Journalist of the Year at the Regional Press Awards 20th May 2013

NCTJ graduate Richard Wheatsone is celebrating after being crowned Young Journalist of the Year at the Regional Press Awards last Friday, 17 May.

NCTJ and Sky Sports News debut video about why shorthand is crucial for journalists 17th May 2013

A video promoting the importance of shorthand for professional journalists has been unveiled at the NCTJ’s shorthand seminar.

Shorthand still essential for journalism career, says Guardian readers' editor 17th May 2013

The Guardian’s Chris Elliott told delegates at the NCTJ shorthand seminar on Friday it is vital for journalism students to achieve 100 wpm to give them the best possible start in the industry.

Teesside University Journalism Awards 2013 13th May 2013

Student winner of the NCTJ award at Teesside University will get a week’s work placement at the Daily Mail.

NCTJ seminar to focus on improving shorthand achievement 9th May 2013

Senior editors from The Guardian and Sky Sports News will address the NCTJ’s annual shorthand seminar on the need to promote 100wpm shorthand achievement.

ALUMNI BLOG: Mark Easton 8th May 2013

Read about NCTJ alumnus Mark Easton's distinguished career in print and broadcast journalism.

NCTJ invites employers to Apprenticeship Forum 25th April 2013

The NCTJ is holding a forum for employers interested in recruiting apprentice journalists.

NCTJ BLOG: Young journalists’ thoughts about sunblock, shorthand and sex 17th April 2013

We caught up with the five bright sparks who were shortlisted for the Young Journalist of the Year Award at this year's Regional Press Awards to find out how they've achieved such brilliant starts to their careers.

ALUMNI BLOG: Chris Cramer 15th April 2013

NCTJ Alumnus Chris Cramer talks about the training at Highbury College that prepared him to work at some of the most well-known news organisations in the world.

NCTJ graduates dominate Regional Press Awards shortlist 12th April 2013

The Society of Editors Regional Press Awards for 2012 shortlist announced today is dominated by NCTJ graduates.

NCTJ BLOG: ‘The Philpott case was one of the toughest and most rewarding of my career’ 11th April 2013

Derby Telegraph editor and NCTJ board member Neil White explains how the regional’s journalists achieved thorough and compelling coverage of the story that shocked the nation... Read More

NCTJ BLOG: ‘The Philpott case was one of the toughest and most rewarding of my career’ 11th April 2013

Derby Telegraph editor and NCTJ board member Neil White explains how the regional’s journalists achieved thorough and compelling coverage of the story that shocked the nation.

Celebrations for first NQJ award winners 10th April 2013

Four newly qualified senior reporters are celebrating after winning awards for exceptional performance in the March National Qualification for Journalists (NQJ).

New NQJ exam produces pass rate of 54 per cent 10th April 2013

Fifty-nine journalists are celebrating achieving senior status after passing the first ever National Qualification in Journalism (NQJ) exam.

NCTJ launches e-logbook for trainees 9th April 2013

The NCTJ has launched a new online logbook for trainees working towards their National Qualification in Journalism (NQJ).

NCTJ announces new head of accreditation 28th March 2013

The deputy editor of the Cambridge News and a former BBC editor has been appointed head of accreditation for the National Council for the Training of Journalists.

NCTJ publishes first independent journalism survey in a decade 25th March 2013

Journalists at Work reveals statistics and industry views on training, recruitment, conditions and ethics.

Trainees sit National Qualification in Journalism exam for the first time 8th March 2013

More than 100 trainee reporters sat the new National Qualification in Journalism (NQJ) today.

NCTJ student wins prestigious journalism bursary 6th March 2013

An NCTJ student at Belfast Metropolitan College has won the prestigious Paul Robinson bursary.

New edition of Essential Public Affairs textbook launched at NCTJ seminar 4th March 2013

The third edition of James Morrison’s Essential Public Affairs for Journalists has been launched at the NCTJ public affairs seminar at Central Hall, Westminster on Friday 1 March.

Brighton student wins public affairs award 28th February 2013

Jenny Tregoning, who is currently studying the diploma in journalism at Brighton Journalist Works, has won the NCTJ Public Affairs Award for 2011-12.

Speakers announced for Public Affairs Seminar 15th February 2013

A host of top speakers have been lined up for the NCTJ Public Affairs Seminar and book launch on 1 March.

Editors face questions from students at NCTJ Student Council 15th February 2013

Students were given the chance to quiz a panel of editors at this year’s Student Council at MSN in London.

Work hard and make your own luck’ say alumni at NCTJ Student Council 11th February 2013

Students hoping to start a career in journalism were advised to work hard and create their own opportunities by a panel of alumni at the annual NCTJ student council.

Top sports journalism students honoured 8th February 2013

The three top NCTJ sports journalism students have been awarded prizes from The Football League for their outstanding exam performance.

Celebrations for top videojournalism student 8th February 2013

A former NCTJ student from Glasgow Caledonian University is celebrating today after winning the award for top-performing video journalism student sponsored by Archant

NCTJ Business and Finance Journalism now available via distance learning 8th February 2013

The NCTJ’s specialist option in Business and Finance Journalism is now available to study as part of the Diploma in Journalism distance learning programme.

McNae's Essential Law available for Kindle 5th February 2013

McNae's Essential Law for Journalists is now available as an electronic version.

Pre-order new Essential Public Affairs text book 4th February 2013

The third edition of Essential Public Affairs for Journalists by James Morrison is now available to pre-order from the NCTJ online shop at a special price of £19.99* (rrp £22.99).

NCTJ student secures traineeship with Daily Mail 4th February 2013

An NCTJ student has managed to secure a traineeship with the Daily Mail straight after graduating from his course.

National Qualification in Journalism 31st January 2013

8 March 2013 is the date of the first ever sitting of the National Qualification in Journalism (NQJ).

SunSport Diversity Scholarship 31st January 2013

The Sun has partnered with London press agency Sportsbeat to offer a 40-week scholarship worth £7,500 to a diverse student from one of London’s six Olympic Boroughs.

Students learn what it takes to be a journalist at NCTJ Event 29th January 2013

A group of sixth form students got a taste of what it’s like to work in journalism at a careers event organised by the National Council for the Training of Journalists.

NCTJ class reunion 29th January 2013

Two former students from the 1972-3 NCTJ course at Harris College in Preston are organising a reunion of their classmates.

Senior editors to speak to NCTJ students 24th January 2013

NCTJ students will hear from a host of senior journalists at the annual Student Council forum on 8 February.

Success for NCTJ broadcast students 23rd January 2013

Students who completed the NCTJ broadcast journalism module during its pilot year are now beginning their first jobs within the industry and many have secured sought after roles thanks to links made during their training.

Mike Atherton OBE speaks to NCTJ students 14th January 2013

Students on the NCTJ-accredited BA Sports Journalism at the University of Brighton heard from former England cricket captain and award-winning sports writer Mike Atherton OBE last week.

NCTJ graduates dominate East of England media awards shortlist 10th January 2013

The EDF East of England Media Awards 2012 shortlist announced today is dominated by NCTJ graduates.

NCTJ students to share views at annual forum 9th January 2013

The NCTJ’s annual Student Council forum will take place at MSN in London on 8 February 2013.

Student journalists from News Associates London and the University of Sunderland meet NCTJ directors 30th November 2012

Representatives from this year’s Student Council attended the NCTJ’s June board meeting to give their views about their training and qualifications.

Student journalists from News Associates London and the University of Sunderland meet NCTJ directors 30th November 2012

Representatives from this year’s Student Council attended the NCTJ’s June board meeting to give their views about their training and qualifications.

Early bird rates available for Journalism Skills Conference in Bournemouth 30th November 2003

The NCTJ is to stage its sixth annual Journalism Skills Conference in Bournemouth on 27-28 November 2013.