Working for the NCTJ

The NCTJ has a dedicated team of staff based in a converted granary in the lovely North Essex village of Newport, near Saffron Walden. We have a friendly working environment with a team-working and goal-orientated culture.

Everyone is very committed to the organisation's values, achieving high standards and implementing new ways of working. All staff are flexible in their approach and adaptable to change. As a charity, we are cost conscious and efficient. We take great care over recruitment and training as we regard our staff as vital to our success.

The NCTJ is an equal opportunities employer and is an Investor in People.

We also employ examiners and rely on volunteers who are committed to professional journalism and our charitable activities.

Co-editor of McNae’s Essential Law for Journalists

The NCTJ is searching for a new editor to work with Mark Hanna on the 26th edition of McNae’s Essential Law for Journalists.

Published in partnership with Oxford University Press, this prestigious and practical title is the unrivalled guide to the law and regulation relating to journalism and a wide range of reporting situations.

Suitable candidates will be qualified and experienced experts in the field of journalism and/or media law, and able to explain to readers in a clear and accessible way all the areas of the law and ethics as they affect the work of journalists. Teaching experience and/or an understanding of the NCTJ’s media law and court reporting syllabus would be an advantage.

Expressions of interest should be made by email to Joanne Butcher, chief executive of the NCTJ, before Monday, 14 December 2020.


The NCTJ is looking to recruit individuals with an experienced journalistic background to join our team of digital and data journalism examiners.

If you are interested in helping to ensure journalism training standards are maintained in line with current industry requirements and can give us a commitment to provide a worthwhile service to young trainees, then we would like to hear from you.

Examiners are provided guidance and training and there is a comprehensive support network throughout our marking teams. Led by chief examiners, you will mark sample scripts and be given a mentor to guide you through the marking process.

Liaising with our assessment manager, scripts will be allocated to you with a completion deadline. Moderators ensure consistency of standards across all markers and will provide you with constructive feedback each time you mark.

Fees are paid for marking and payment depends on the level and number of scripts you mark.

Key skills required to be an effective examiner are:

Attention to detail
Speed and accuracy
Good organisational skills
Concentration and rigour

NCTJ requirements include:

Evidence of high journalistic standards
Preferably NCTJ qualified
Reference from a senior working editor

If you would like to be considered please email your CV to Rachel Manby, head of quality and assessment, at [email protected]

Confirmation of appointment is subject to a telephone interview and satisfactory completion of a sample marking exercise.


Experienced journalists are also needed to assist with the delivery of the NCTJ’s professional qualification – the National Qualification in Journalism (NQJ). If you are interested in taking part, please contact Andy Summers, examinations controller responsible for the NQJ.

Editors are invited to join accreditation panels on visits to NCTJ course providers. If you would like to have an involvement in assessing the industry’s training standard, please contact Emma Robinson, accreditation manager.