Journalists and educators learn the latest data and digital journalism skills at NCTJ seminar 17th July 2019

Journalists, trainers and educators learned about the latest skills in digital and data-driven journalism at an NCTJ seminar.

First trainees sit new online National Qualification in Journalism 5th July 2019
The first level 6 National Qualification in Journalism (NQJ) exams were sat on Friday, July 5 by trainees hoping to achieve ‘senior journalist’ status.
NCTJ raises more than £1,200 for Thomas Read bursary in sponsored walk 1st July 2019

A team of NCTJ staff members and supporters walked 15km to raise money for the Thomas Read bursary, helping people with disabilities train as journalists.

Patron blog: "Journalism is under assault like never before" 27th June 2019

Journalism is at a crossroads. If we take the wrong route at this point the ambushes, the attacks and the grenades will keep on flying and the future for truth, impartiality and independence will look dismal indeed.

Shorthand tutors visit Twitter HQ for 2019 shorthand seminar 14th June 2019

Shorthand tutors from across the UK have visited Twitter’s London offices for this year’s NCTJ shorthand seminar.

Community News Project reporters take part in first Facebook training bootcamp 12th June 2019

The first group of community reporters hired by the Community News Project have visited Facebook for a two-day journalism training bootcamp.

Previous Thomas Read bursary recipients join NCTJ fundraising efforts 30th May 2019

Four previous recipients of the Thomas Read bursary will be joining the NCTJ and Read family on Saturday, 29 June to raise money for the fund which helped them train as journalists.

Sixth edition of Essential Public Affairs for Journalists launched 23rd May 2019

The sixth edition of Essential Public Affairs for Journalists, written by James Morrison and published by Oxford University Press, has been launched.

Journalists and educators learn about innovative digital journalism tools at NCTJ and Google News Initiative seminar 15th May 2019

Journalists, trainers and educators have come together to learn about verification, visualisation and innovative ideas in a digital journalism tools seminar.

4,200 apply for 82 Community News Project vacancies 15th May 2019

After just a couple of years working on successful training projects with Facebook, the NCTJ is now a partner in the £4.5m Community News Project to help local journalism continue to thrive in a digital age

Every story has a local beginning, says Alex Crawford in NCTJ video 13th May 2019

Alex Crawford, special correspondent for Sky News and patron of the NCTJ, has offered her advice for aspiring journalists in a video for the NCTJ.

NCTJ partners with Google News Initiative on verification, visualisation and innovative ideas seminar 1st May 2019

The NCTJ has partnered with Google News Initiative to offer a one-day digital journalism tools seminar, free for journalists and journalism educators.

NCTJ consults with industry as sports journalism exam moves to e-assessment 25th April 2019

For the 2019-20 academic year, the NCTJ’s sports journalism Diploma in Journalism exam will move online, offering an opportunity to reshape its format and enhance its digital content.

Journalism Skills Conference 2019 opens for bookings 25th April 2019

Bookings are now open for the NCTJ’s flagship event, the Journalism Skills Conference, taking place this year at the University of Sunderland on Thursday, 28 and Friday, 29 November. 

Award winners in March NQJ exams announced 16th April 2019

Four newly-qualified senior journalists are celebrating achieving top marks in March’s NQJ exams.

Fifty-seven per cent of trainees pass March NQJ exams 16th April 2019

Fifty-seven per cent of trainees who sat the National Qualification in Journalism (NQJ) exams in March achieved the qualification, a figure comparable to the fifty-five per cent pass rate achieved in March 2018.

NCTJ appoints head of partnerships and projects 28th March 2019

Will Gore, executive editor of The Independent, is to become head of partnerships and projects at the National Council for the Training of Journalists.

NCTJ Awards for Excellence 2019 open for entries 28th March 2019

The NCTJ Awards for Excellence, which recognise the achievements of talented individuals with promising journalism careers ahead of them, is now open for entries for 2019.

Google News Initiative more than triples its donation to the Journalism Diversity Fund 28th March 2019

The Google News Initiative has made a significant increase in its annual donation to the Journalism Diversity Fund (JDF) for 2019-20. 

University of Sunderland to host Journalism Skills Conference 2019 28th March 2019

The NCTJ’s flagship event, the Journalism Skills Conference, will this year take place in the North East of England, hosted by the University of Sunderland.

Journalists at Work blog: An increasing number of journalists? 27th March 2019

One of the clearest trends shown in the Journalist at Work research is the increasing number of people who report that they are working as journalists. Data from the Office for National Statistics suggest that there are 73,000 people working as journalists in the UK, an increase from 65,000 in 2012.

My apprenticeship story: Megan Baynes, Isle of Wight County Press 8th March 2019

"My second day working at the Isle of Wight County Press I was sent to a bat hospital. I spent an hour meeting the residents (yes, I did stroke a bat) before filing my first article as a trainee reporter. Needless to say, in the past 18-months, life in local news hasn’t gotten any less eclectic."

International Women’s Day: Q&A with female members of the Community News Project governance committee 8th March 2019

To mark International Women’s Day 2019 and highlight the importance of gender balance in the workplace – particularly in senior positions – we’ve conducted a Q&A with the following female members of the Community News Project governance committee:

My apprenticeship story: Sam Dixon-French, JPI Media 7th March 2019

"Starting a journalism apprenticeship was one of the best decisions I ever made. It’s hard work and throws you in at the deep end but it is immensely rewarding. A buzzing newsroom full of reporters and editors is a hive of activity and an invaluable resource for a new journalist."

My apprenticeship story: Maddy Morrison, Sky Sports News 6th March 2019

"I was lucky enough to be accepted onto the Sky Sports News Apprenticeship scheme back in 2017 and having had the option to go to university, I can honestly say it has been the best decision I have ever made."

My apprenticeship story: Yusaf Akbar, BBC News 5th March 2019

"Whilst at college I made the decision I wasn’t going to apply to university like my fellow peers as it didn’t seem like the right option for me. I’ve always been interested in filmmaking and the media and my sister told me about the BBC Digital Journalism Apprenticeship scheme she saw online."

NCTJ supports National Apprenticeship Week 2019 4th March 2019

As National Apprenticeship Week 2019 begins on Monday, 4 March, the NCTJ is proud to support the campaign, co-ordinated by the National Apprenticeship Service.

Our apprenticeship story: The Northern Echo 4th March 2019

"When details of the apprenticeship scheme were first announced, I must admit I was sceptical about how successful it would be. My main concern was about putting people with no previous journalistic experience directly into the cut and thrust of a busy newsroom."

Students inspired during Women in Sports Media conference 28th February 2019

Talented young women who have a passion for sports were told to work hard and “break the mould” to achieve their career ambitions in journalism during a Women in Sports Media conference.

Journalists at Work blog: Journalists want to continue learning skills 27th February 2019

The recent Journalists at Work research told us that more than half (55 per cent) of journalists had undertaken some learning over the last 12 months. In addition, we know that nearly two-thirds (64 per cent) of journalists feel that they need new, or additional skills to improve their efficiency.

Patron blog: On speaking to British IS suspects in Syria, Alex Crawford asks 'shouldn't we, as journalists, talk to them?' 18th February 2019

The Islamic State is apparently at an end. Now you’d be a fool to think the terror group which attracted so much support a few years ago and managed to persuade thousands to up and leave their homes, IS actually finished. The ideology lives on and it will re-emerge. Which means OUR job investigating the outfit in all its different forms, as journalists remains vital.

Students inspired by broadcaster and journalist Charlie Webster at 2019 Student Council 8th February 2019

Broadcaster and journalist Charlie Webster inspired student journalists to find their passion and purpose at the annual Student Council meeting, held today at the BBC in MediaCity.

Editors quizzed by NCTJ student representatives at 2019 Student Council 8th February 2019

A panel of editors were quizzed about the changing landscape of journalism and work experience tips by students at the annual NCTJ Student Council event.

Full line-up of publishing partners confirmed for Community News Project 31st January 2019

Four additional publishers have joined the Facebook-funded Community News Project, bringing the total number participating in the scheme to nine.

NCTJ to appoint head of partnerships and projects 30th January 2019

The National Council for the Training of Journalists is entering a new chapter in its growth and is looking to appoint a head of partnerships and projects to help take the charity to the next stage of its development.

Broadcaster and journalist Charlie Webster to present NCTJ diploma awards at 2019 Student Council 25th January 2019

Charlie Webster, an experienced broadcaster and journalist across both TV and radio, will present the NCTJ diploma awards at the 2019 Student Council meeting.

Longest-ever serving staff member bids farewell to NCTJ 22nd January 2019

Jan Alder, the NCTJ’s longest-ever serving staff member, has bid farewell to her colleagues today at a special lunch in her honour.