About NCTJ

The NCTJ is an industry charity that ultimately exists to help create a better society through diversity, quality and trusted journalism.

The NCTJ has become one of the most important journalism organisations in the UK and is unique in bringing together our partners from all sectors of the media and all sectors of journalism education and training.

The charity’s professional awarding organisation function, including apprenticeship end-point assessments, is recognised in England by Ofqual, in Northern Ireland by the Council for curriculum, Examinations and Assessment, and in Wales by Qualifications Wales.

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Our mission

We aim to provide a world-class education and training system that develops current and future journalists from all walks of life for the demands of a fast-changing media industry.

Diploma award winners

NCTJ impact

Trained, qualified and trusted journalists are vital in our democracy and the NCTJ plays the lead role in achieving this.

Our patron

Alex Crawford, special correspondent for Sky News, is patron of the NCTJ.


The charity is governed by an influential board of directors and trustees drawn from across the journalism and publishing industry…

Meet the team

The NCTJ has a dedicated team of staff based in a converted granary in the North Essex village of Newport, near Saffron Walden.

Our heritage

Learn more about the history of the NCTJ, and how it has developed since its establishment in 1951.

Policies and procedures

Read the NCTJ's policies relating to quality assurance processes and procedures…


Annual reports

Each year the NCTJ publishes a report of its activities, including a financial review, and a quality assurance and standards report.

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