NCTJ publishing new journalism careers guide

The NCTJ is publishing a careers guide, sponsored by the Financial Times, which aims to encourage young people from a range of backgrounds to consider a career in journalism.

Hot off the press next week, the guide will be sent to more than 3,500 secondary schools and colleges across the UK and is packed with valuable advice from journalists in a range of roles.

Aspiring journalists will be able to consider their training options by hearing from alumni about the different paths they took into successful careers. The guide also features easy-to-navigate listings of all NCTJ-accredited courses, which are a cut above the rest.

Sports journalist and broadcaster Vaishali Bhardwaj is our cover star, and gives her tips on how to become a major player in sports journalism.

Vaishali, who studied towards the NCTJ diploma via distance learning, said: “There’s nothing like hands-on experience. Get yourself involved and work out whether it’s for you. Once you have done that, ensure you have the skills.

“The NCTJ qualifications give you that basis and confidence in your trade that allow you to excel.”

She adds: “It now feels like the perfect time for women to enter sports journalism. There is a genuine will for women to succeed and for women’s sport to have a higher profile.”

Readers will also learn what makes a good data journalist from Claire Wilde, data journalist for JPIMedia.

She explains: “A good working knowledge of spreadsheet software, such as Microsoft Excel or Google Sheets, and a willingness to learn will stand you in good stead.

“For anyone wanting to be an investigative journalist, you may find your big scoop hidden in a pile of data. So be prepared to dig in!”

Also in the guide:

  • Job roles debunked
  • From fast-track course to BAFTA win
  • Why shorthand is as invaluable as ever
  • Former students tell us how a JDF bursary kick-started their careers
  • How Community News Project reporters are making waves

The handy booklet will be published in print and online next week, and will be launched at our equality, diversity and inclusion conference on Thursday, 19 September.

If you would like to pre-order print copies, please contact marketing and communications executive Sarah Kenny.