The NCTJ’s Journalism Skills Academy supports journalists throughout their careers - offering professional and expert training and development in a range of subjects which reflect the needs of the industry.
Curiosity – Are you interested in the world around you and holding people account? Does investigating stories and getting answers about the unknown pique your interest? If you don’t understand something, do you ask questions until you do?
Every day, journalists who are driven by simple curiosity bring to the table stories that are interesting, informative and entertaining. With the increase in fake news, it’s crucial to be curious and question the facts, too.
Being a people person – Would you like to spend your day talking to people and learning their stories? Do you enjoy getting to know new people? Are you good at keeping people at ease? Then journalism could be the career for you.
Being a chatty and natural conversationalist is not something that you can learn in a classroom but is a crucial skill as a reporter.
Passion – Do you have a passion for a particular subject? Maybe you’re into a specific sport, or perhaps you care strongly about the environment? Having that passion for your chosen subject gives you a niche, and means that you might have contacts in that field.
Editors love it when you bring stories to the table. Your news outlet will be that much richer with stories you have sourced and have an interest in.
A hunger for news – As a journalist, you will be expected to keep your finger on the pulse of what’s going on nationally and locally.
An interest in the world around you and the latest events stands you in good stead as a journalist, helping you to come up with timely ideas for stories.
A desire to learn – A flair for writing or technical prowess doesn’t come naturally to everybody. But that’s where the NCTJ comes in.
Studying on an NCTJ-accredited course helps you hone those skills and learn new techniques to become a journalist performing at the industry standard.