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The NCTJ is committed to an ongoing programme of research to provide the industry with up-to-date labour market information about journalism.

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Diversity in Journalism 2022

Mark Spilsbury

This research report updates the analysis of journalists’ diversity characteristics from 2020 to 2021. It can be read in conjunction with the NCTJ’s Diversity in Journalism report, published in November 2017, and Journalists at Work, published in October 2018.

The importance of shorthand

NCTJ

We consulted with journalism and media employers in the UK to determine the relevance of shorthand in their businesses.

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Diversity in Journalism 2021

Mark Spilsbury

This research report updates the analysis of journalists’ diversity characteristics from 2018 to 2021. It is based on 2020 Labour Force Survey (LFS) data. It can be read in conjunction with the NCTJ’s Diversity in Journalism report, published in November 2017, and Journalists at Work, published in October 2018.

Journalists at Work 2018

Mark Spilsbury

We commissioned this research to provide new and consistent information across a range of industry sectors on the journalism professions. It is both an update of the organisation’s 2012 Journalists at Work publication, and an exploration of issues that have emerged since.

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Diversity in Journalism 2017

Mark Spilsbury

A lack of diversity within the British media continues to be a major concern in the industry and beyond. This research report examines in depth the reasons for the lack of diversity in the British media, and what can be done about it.

Exploring Freelance Journalism

Mark Spilsbury

This 52-page report provides independent, comprehensive labour market information about the freelance journalism sector and includes the results of a survey of more than 600 freelance journalists.

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Emerging Skills for Journalists

Mark Spilsbury

This research report examines the drivers of changes in the journalism industry and the implications of those changes for the employment and use of journalistic skills. The report and its findings are based on detailed submissions from journalists, educators, employers and industry bodies.

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Journalists at Work 2012

Mark Spilsbury

Over 1,000 journalists contributed to the Journalists at Work 2012 survey, which provides a comprehensive demographic profile of the journalism industry, including personal characteristics and geographical employment patterns.

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