Successful pilot year for NCTJ broadcast journalism qualification

The new NCTJ industry qualification in broadcast journalism has come to the end of its first successful year in operation.

The course was piloted by four centres throughout 2011-12: University of Kent; University of Salford; University of Sussex; and University of Ulster. This coming year it will also be offered by Harlow College and other centres are preparing courses for 2013.

A total of 51 students across the four centres completed the module during the pilot year and 55 per cent of them achieved the gold-standard A-C grade in the subject.

MA student Alex Williams shared his views of the module at a seminar earlier this year, where media professionals, educators and students all came together to discuss the qualification, saying: “The NCTJ broadcast journalism module was enjoyable and covered the key skills needed to work in a competitive industry. The exams were tough and rigorous, as I expected from the NCTJ, and this course has given me the knowledge and confidence to pursue a career in broadcast journalism.”

The NCTJ specialist option for broadcast was introduced last year. It is a double module that covers all aspects of TV and radio journalism and is designed to equip students with the essential skills to work as trainees in broadcast newsrooms.  It must be studied alongside the core journalism skills of the diploma including reporting and newsgathering skills, essential media law, essential public affairs, shorthand and portfolio.