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NCTJ impact

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

The number of journalists working in the UK has risen markedly from 78,000 in 2018 to 96,000 in 2020.

Recruitment of entry-level journalists is booming, both within and outside the traditional newsroom. Under-representation of diverse groups in journalism and reliance on graduates continues.

The media industry is undergoing significant change with declining print circulation and advertising revenue, growing digital revenue and audiences, and threats to the sustainability of public interest local and regional news. Journalism is changing rapidly in terms of the skills required and what journalists are expected to do.

The business direction of the charity reflects all this change. The NCTJ is committed to alleviating the pressures on funding for training and ensuring journalists and trainers are appropriately skilled in a sector that has been revolutionised by digital developments. The role of the NCTJ has become more important in ensuring quality content and high standards of journalism. Our accreditation scheme is key to our work in the area.

A changing landscape

The percentage of qualified journalists who have NCTJ qualifications is also increasing; up from 63 per cent in 2012 and 58 per cent in 2002.

  • 81%

    The percentage of qualified journalists in the UK that held an NCTJ qualification in 2020.

The charity is dedicated to making a positive and demonstrable contribution to the future sustainability of public interest journalism in the UK.

Achieving greater equality, diversity and inclusion in the journalism workforce has become central to everything the charity does. Our work aims to encourage and support those from diverse groups into journalism roles and careers. It involves promoting alternative, non-graduate entry points and boosting recruitment from this talent pool by employers.

Initiatives to achieve this include the Journalism Diversity Fund, apprenticeships, foundation courses and the Community News Project. The NCTJ is also working with the higher education sector to recruit a more diverse intake and to offer accredited courses and professional qualifications.

To build its capacity and capability in order to achieve the mission and strategic objectives, the charity is securing and implementing more high-profile partnerships and projects.

The charity continues to invest in the development of a broad range of products and services for all journalists, media organisations and journalism trainers. A long-term commitment has been made to foster a culture of continuing professional development for journalists to ensure there is public confidence in journalism standards and ethics. This work is being done under the banner of the Journalism Skills Academy.

We play a vital role by ensuring there is up-to-date and reliable labour market information about journalism and how the media is changing.

Annual reports

For more information about our impact, please read our annual reports.

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