Death of NCTJ 'champion' 14th December 2017

The NCTJ is sad to learn of the death of Jim Brennan on 7 December, aged 96.

Joint-record pass rate in November NQJ exam sitting 12th December 2017

A total of 78 per cent of trainees in the November sitting of the National Qualification in Journalism (NQJ) exams achieved the qualification.

NCTJ announces November NQJ award winners 12th December 2017

After a record 78 per cent pass rate in the November NQJ exams, the highest performing candidates in each of the four sections have received high praise from the exam moderator. 

NCTJ chairman says the responsibility of the charity is to equip the new generation of journalists properly for the trade 30th November 2017

Kim Fletcher, chairman of the NCTJ, has used the charity’s annual report to reinforce the importance of ensuring journalists have the core skills to succeed in a competitive industry.

NCTJ Skills Conference delegates told print journalism is alive and kicking 24th November 2017

Print journalism remains a fantastic place to work for trainees despite the digital news revolution, delegates at the NCTJ’s Journalism Skills Conference were told today.

Diversity in journalism – there’s still a long way to go, says new NCTJ report unveiled today 23rd November 2017

WHY are there so few disabled journalists? What stops students from some ethnic groups having a career in the media, even when they have trained for one? Why are journalism students who had a privately-funded education more likely to be working as a journalist than those who went to a state school?

Trusted journalism is vital for a democracy, senior industry figures said today at Journalism Skills Conference 23rd November 2017

NCTJ chairman Kim Fletcher welcomed delegates to the 2017 Journalism Skills Conference with a message that in an industry experiencing permanent change, the constant element of trust has never been more important.

NCTJ announces Awards for Excellence 2017 winners 23rd November 2017

Students, trainees and apprentices were honoured at the NCTJ Awards for Excellence gala dinner and ceremony at Hampton Court Palace on Thursday, 23 November.

News Associates London named best performing NCTJ-accredited course in 2017 awards 23rd November 2017

The 2016-17 accredited course performance awards were presented during the NCTJ Awards for Excellence gala dinner at Hampton Court Palace on Thursday, 23 November. 

Universally respected former trainer receives 2017 NCTJ chairman's award 23rd November 2017

David Holmes, an exceptional broadcast, newspaper and digital journalist who has trained and inspired the careers of hundreds of journalists, has been honoured with the 2017 NCTJ chairman’s award for his outstanding contribution to journalism training and education.

NCTJ teams up with Press Gazette to publish 2017/18 guide to becoming a journalist 14th November 2017

For the fourth year in a row, the NCTJ has partnered with Press Gazette to produce a training guide for aspiring journalists. 

Superb line-up of speakers to debate major issues facing journalism today at Journalism Skills Conference 2017 3rd November 2017

With terrorism never far from the headlines in 2017, this year’s NCTJ Journalism Skills Conference will address some of the issues faced by journalists – including inexperienced trainees and students – covering these traumatic events.

NCTJ debut video promoting the Journalism Diversity Fund 26th October 2017

The National Council for the Training of Journalists have launched a promotional video for the Journalism Diversity Fund, produced by Sky Sports News apprentice Daniel ‘Zinny’ Boswell. 

Sky News presenter Sophy Ridge to present NCTJ Awards for Excellence 2017 26th October 2017

Sophy Ridge, Sky News presenter, is to present the NCTJ Awards for Excellence this year at the Journalism Skills Conference gala dinner and ceremony, taking place on Thursday, 23 November at Hampton Court Palace. 

Thomas Read and Claire Prosser bursary winners revealed at Journalism Diversity Fund event 19th October 2017

Three Journalism Diversity Fund recipients were presented with bursaries yesterday as part of the annual celebratory event, which was hosted by Google News Lab at their King’s Cross offices. 

The importance of speaking out highlighted at diversity in journalism seminar 19th October 2017

Unconscious bias, mental health and disability were on the agenda at the inaugural diversity in journalism seminar from the National Council for the Training of Journalists, which took place yesterday, 18 October, at Google News Lab in London. 

Awards for Excellence shortlist announced after another record-breaking number of entries 16th October 2017

The shortlist for the NCTJ Awards for Excellence 2017 has been announced with some 43 students, trainees and apprentices in contention for awards. 

Diversity in journalism on the agenda at NCTJ event 12th October 2017

More than 100 journalists, editors and industry professionals will join the National Council for the Training of Journalists on Wednesday, 18 October at its inaugural diversity in journalism seminar in London, hosted by Google News Lab.

Young talent awarded with NCTJ introductory journalism study materials 6th October 2017

For the second year running, the NCTJ lent its support to the annual Shine School Media Awards, a national competition that aims to encourage and recognise young creative talent in secondary schools. 

Facebook Journalism Project seminar a resounding success 28th September 2017

The NCTJ and Facebook held a seminar for journalists and educators at Facebook’s London offices on Thursday, 14 September.

The Printing Charity becomes latest sponsor of the Journalism Diversity Fund 31st August 2017

The Printing Charity, which has supported people of all ages working in printing, packaging and publishing since 1827, has become the latest sponsor of the Journalism Diversity Fund. 

NCTJ policy on supporting learners with particular needs 23rd August 2017

Following recent queries about NCTJ support for learners with particular needs, please see our statement below. We would like to emphasise that this is not a new policy.

Two-thirds of trainees pass July NQJ exam 15th August 2017

Two-thirds of trainees in the July sitting of the National Qualification in Journalism (NQJ) exams achieved the qualification.

July NQJ award winners announced 15th August 2017

The exam moderator has congratulated NQJ award winners on achieving top marks in July’s NQJ exam. 

End-point assessment markers needed 27th July 2017

The NCTJ is looking to recruit individuals with an experienced journalistic background to join our team of end-point assessment (EPA) markers for the Level 3 apprenticeship standard for a junior journalist.

Former journalism apprentice goes live on local TV channel 17th July 2017

A former apprentice has been involved in the launch of a local TV channel, as the KM Group goes live with KMTV, a Freeview and Virgin channel available across the county of Kent.  

Stephen Pritchard delivers heartfelt thank you at the NCTJ shorthand seminar 19th June 2017

Stephen Pritchard, readers’ editor of The Observer, gave a warm opening address at the NCTJ’s shorthand seminar, which took place on Friday 16 June 2017.

NCTJ Journalism Skills Conference to be hosted by Sky UK and Kingston University 2nd June 2017

The NCTJ’s flagship event, the Journalism Skills Conference, returns this year on 23 and 24 November. Delegates will be guests of Sky and Kingston University for two days of talks, debate and discussion, with Hampton Court Palace providing a magnificent backdrop for our annual awards ceremony.

NCTJ launches award to encourage and recognise innovation in journalism education and training 19th May 2017

In times of great change in the media industry, the NCTJ is launching an award to encourage and recognise innovation in journalism education and training.

2017 NCTJ Awards for Excellence open for entries 9th May 2017

The NCTJ Awards for Excellence are open for entries from students and trainee journalists across the UK.

72 per cent pass rate for March NQJ exam 12th April 2017

Seventy-two per cent of candidates achieved senior status in the March sitting of the National Qualification in Journalism (NQJ).

NCTJ announces March NQJ award winners 12th April 2017

‘Old-School Journalism Techniques Are Still What All Good Reporters Need’

NCTJ and Cirrus win prestigious international e-Assessment award 23rd March 2017

The NCTJ’s Essential Journalism examination, introduced last November on the Cirrus Assessment platform, has been recognised in the inaugural International e-Assessment Awards.

Fifth edition of Essential Public Affairs for Journalists is launched 20th March 2017

The fifth edition of Essential Public Affairs for Journalists (Oxford University Press), an invaluable guide for both journalism students and practising journalists, has been launched.

New NCTJ report on freelance journalism: self-employed want more training but face financial challenges 13th February 2017

The NCTJ has commissioned and published a 52-page report, Exploring Freelance Journalism, which provides independent, comprehensive labour market information about the freelance journalism sector and includes the results of a recent survey of more than 600 freelance journalists.

Student Council 2017: integrity and persistence are key for journalism students 7th February 2017

Essential qualities sought by editors were revealed to delegates at the NCTJ 2017 Student Council.

Sky Sports News presenter Rob Wotton presents NCTJ diploma exam awards at 2017 Student Council 7th February 2017

Sky Sports News presenter Rob Wotton presents NCTJ diploma exam awards at 2017 Student Council

NCTJ students and Evening Standard/Independent apprentices met Sadiq Khan this week after Mayor’s Question Time at City Hall.

The group, studying a fast-track course at UCFB based in Wembley Stadium, were live blogging and reporting from the monthly session where the mayor is questioned on his policies by members of the Greater London Assembly.

A wide range of issues were debated including banning the school run, the effects of Brexit on London businesses, honour based violence and how the government’s Right to Rent scheme may be causing racial discrimination.

UCFB course leader and journalism tutor, Roz McKenzie, said: “Attending Mayor’s Question Time is an ideal opportunity for students and apprentices to report from a high profile political debate and put into practice their reporting, law and shorthand skills.

“It was great that Sadiq could take some time out of his busy schedule to meet the journalists of the future.”