NCTJ partners with IPSO to offer e-learning course on Journalism Skills Academy

The NCTJ has partnered with the Independent Press Standards Organisation (IPSO) to create a free, interactive e-learning course on the Journalism Skills Academy (JSA).

Launched last year and supported by the Google News Initiative, the JSA is a one-stop shop for journalists at all stages of their careers to develop their knowledge and skills.

The e-learning platform hosts a range of learning opportunities, from short standalone courses and free careers resources to formal NCTJ qualifications.

This new online course guides learners through the work of IPSO and to the key requirements of the Editors’ Code of Practice. It highlights the importance for journalists to feel confident about the regulations which underpin their work, and calls attention to a range of key IPSO rulings.

It is intended to be equally suitable for prospective journalists wanting an introduction to IPSO, and for working journalists keen to refresh their knowledge.

Charlotte Dewar, chief executive of IPSO, said: “IPSO is delighted to have supported the NCTJ to produce this training module, which focuses on the principles of IPSO regulation, the Editors’ Code and key IPSO rulings.

“We hope the new module will be a convenient, accessible way for journalists and trainees to update and expand their knowledge of the Editors’ Code and how press regulation works.”

Christina Borg, the NCTJ’s Journalism Skills Academy manager, said: “We’re delighted to have partnered with the Independent Press Standards Organisation on this valuable e-learning course. It is vital that those who work within the industry continue to aspire to the highest ethical standards.”

“It’s fantastic to see the Journalism Skills Academy go from strength to strength and we look forward to expanding our offerings even further in the coming months.”

With interactive quizzes and in-depth learning materials, the course is easy to navigate and can be studied independently at any pace, taking around two to three hours in total to complete.

While there are no formal assessments, the course may offer a springboard for people wanting to go on to study NCTJ qualifications either on an accredited course or via distance learning.

Available to study from today, the course is ideal for anyone who wants to understand the fundamental principles and practice of press regulation in the UK.

You can log in or set up a free account on the JSA to self-enrol on the course now. Click here to get started.