NCTJ consults with industry as sports journalism exam moves to e-assessment

For the 2019-20 academic year, the NCTJ’s sports journalism Diploma in Journalism exam will move online, offering an opportunity to reshape its format and enhance its digital content.

Since its launch 15 years ago, the exam has been sat by thousands of students who have gone on to forge successful careers in journalism, and with the constant change of the media landscape, there have been regular updates to the programme of study and exam.

As the exam becomes an e-assessment, and to ensure the programme of study and exam continue to meet industry needs, the NCTJ conducted a consultation with the industry earlier this year to gain feedback on shaping its future.

Sports editors and reporters were asked to complete a short survey to review the NCTJ’s proposed changes, which include using online technology to enhance the post-match quotes question in the match report assessment, replacing the round-up in paper two with a 200-word preview and introducing a data journalism question.

Feedback received from the industry has been taken on board as the NCTJ finalises the new assessments ahead of the first sitting in December 2019.

The NCTJ would like to thank the following for their valuable feedback in this consultation:

Archant Norfolk, BBC Look East, BBC Radio Lincolnshire, BBC Sport, Daily Express, Daily Mirror, Essex County Newspapers, Gymshark, Isle of Wight County Press, ITV Sport, JPI Media, JPI Media Sussex titles, Liverpool Echo, Mail on Sunday, Manchester Evening News, Newsquest, Oxford Mail, Perform, Portsmouth News, Press Association, Reach plc, Sky Sports News, Sunderland Echo, The FA, The Sun, Portsmouth News and WalesOnline.