Emma Robinson, the NCTJ’s accreditation manager, is here to answer your questions about choosing an NCTJ-accredited course:
As the NCTJ’s accreditation manager, I’m here to help answer all your questions about choosing an NCTJ-accredited course and what it means to study for the NCTJ’s Diploma in Journalism qualification.
At the NCTJ, I am responsible for all our work with accredited courses, and liaise with all heads of journalism and course leaders, editors, and students on accreditation matters, ensuring that all of our courses give you quality training in journalism skills and the best chance of a successful career in the industry. It’s my job to make sure that all of our centres are teaching students to the highest possible standards to best prepare them for work in the media sector.
Before joining the NCTJ, I was a senior journalist at Newsquest Essex, having worked in a variety of different roles and newspapers at the company over six years, including as a crime reporter and a news editor. I studied on an NCTJ-accredited postgraduate course, achieving the diploma with gold standard, and went on to complete the National Qualification in Journalism (NQJ) when I was a trainee reporter at the Maldon and Burnham Standard.
Having completed both the diploma and NQJ qualifications, I know what it’s like to study on an accredited course, sit NCTJ exams, grapple with shorthand outlines and apply for my first job in journalism.
I’m here to help you with any questions you may have. I’ve answered some of our frequently asked questions below, but if you have any more, feel free to call the dedicated careers hotline on 01799 544944 and I’ll be happy to chat.