Awards for Excellence 2020 shortlist announced after another record-breaking number of entries 14th December 2020

Some 54 students, trainees, apprentices, journalists and training providers have been shortlisted in the NCTJ Awards for Excellence 2020.

LDRS creates trainee reporter roles with the help of the NCTJ 10th December 2020

The BBC and NCTJ have joined forces to create a bespoke training pathway to allow high-quality junior reporters to be recruited for Local Democracy Reporting Service (LDRS) positions.

"This year has shown how vital journalism is" says NCTJ patron Alex Crawford in charity's annual report 4th December 2020

Alex Crawford, special correspondent for Sky News and patron of the NCTJ, has urged journalists to look at the positives that have come out of the past year.

Community News Project extended by Facebook following success of pilot 1st December 2020

The Community News Project has been granted renewed funding from Facebook, following the success of the pilot scheme.

Latest NCTJ careers guide published to inspire the journalists of the future 11th November 2020

The latest edition of the NCTJ’s careers guide has today been published, and aims to encourage people from a range of backgrounds to consider a career in journalism. 

Community News Project has led publishers to reconsider approaches to recruitment and journalistic practice, NCTJ report reveals 29th October 2020

A report published today by the NCTJ shows the Community News Project has had a lasting impact on the recruitment processes of publishers.

NCTJ launches Journalism Skills Academy 21st October 2020

The National Council for the Training of Journalists has today launched the Journalism Skills Academy (JSA), supported by the Google News Initiative.

Claire Prosser and Thomas Read bursaries awarded to Journalism Diversity Fund recipients 15th October 2020

Three Journalism Diversity Fund (JDF) recipients have been awarded specialist bursaries as they begin their NCTJ training.

Journalism Matters: Charlotte Bentley, Shropshire Star 9th October 2020

"They say people make a place. Being a community reporter at the Shropshire Star for the past year has certainly proved that."

Journalism Matters: Jade Kidd, Maidenhead Advertiser 9th October 2020

"In February this year, I started a six to eight-week project producing a feature, podcast and video covering the transformation of an area in Burnham known for criminal activity."

Journalism Matters: Aaron McMillan, Fakenham & Wells Times 8th October 2020

"I think that is what local journalism is all about, to try to make real change in the community and give a voice to everyday issues."

Journalism Matters: Rema Mukena, Bristol Live 7th October 2020

'During my time as a journalist, I’ve written stories which have made people laugh, made people cry, educated some people and made some people angry at me - but what is being a journalist without a messy combination of all those things?'

Inspiring journalism educators recognised by Public Interest News List from Behind Local News 7th October 2020

Outstanding tutors and trainers have been honoured for inspiring the next generation of public interest journalists.

Journalism Matters: Errol Edwards, The Sheffield Star 6th October 2020

"I once said to my editor that 'people like me don't get jobs like this' but I did, and we can make a real difference."

NCTJ highlights impact of Community News Project reporters in support of Journalism Matters week 5th October 2020

As Journalism Matters week begins today, the NCTJ is proud to support the campaign by highlighting the impact Community News Project reporters are having in their communities.

Journalism Matters: Natasha Meek, Bradford Telegraph & Argus 5th October 2020

"I am a strong believer that if you sat down with every journalist in the world there will always be that one story which sticks with them."

Community News Project reporters celebrate achieving gold standard Diploma in Journalism 30th September 2020

A group of Community News Project reporters are celebrating after becoming the first of the scheme’s journalists to complete their NCTJ Diploma in Journalism to ‘gold standard’, having started from scratch after the project began.

Tutors share creative approaches to teaching practical journalism skills remotely in NCTJ webinar 30th September 2020

Tutors from NCTJ-accredited courses have come together to share their creative approaches to teaching practical journalism skills remotely and how to keep students engaged while at home.

Diploma in Journalism raised to level 5 qualification 24th September 2020

The NCTJ’s entry-level journalism qualification has been upgraded to level 5 to reflect changes in working practices and the cutting-edge multimedia skills expected as industry standard.

Nominate the trainers who inspire and teach the vital skills for public interest journalism 14th September 2020

NCTJ students and alumni are urged to nominate their tutors who have taught and inspired generations of journalists to report on stories in the public interest. 

Previous winners encourage students, trainees and apprentices to enter the Awards for Excellence 2020 2nd September 2020

We caught up with two 2019 Awards for Excellence winners, who told us what their awards meant to them, and their advice for anyone considering entering this year.

Funding band set for senior journalist apprenticeship standard 27th August 2020

The new apprenticeship standard for a senior journalist and assessment plan is now ready to use by employers and training providers.

Diploma in Journalism content updates for 2020-21 27th August 2020

Following an industry-wide review of the elective modules in the Diploma in Journalism, the NCTJ is updating the following two modules: production journalism and videojournalism for online.

News UK announced as latest sponsor of the Journalism Diversity Fund 26th August 2020

News UK has become the latest news publisher to give its financial backing to the Journalism Diversity Fund (JDF).

Top-performing trainees celebrated for outstanding NQJ exam performance 13th August 2020

Three newly-qualified senior journalists are celebrating achieving top marks in their NQJ exams.

NCTJ commits to leading radical change to improve equality, diversity and inclusion in journalism 30th July 2020
The National Council for the Training of Journalists is to broaden and scale up its work on equality, diversity and inclusion.
JDF blog: The rise against racism and creating lasting change - Jo Adetunji 1st July 2020

"If journalism is a public good that serves society, it should tackle the roots of inequality head on: what stops some children achieving in schools or having the resources to compete among the talent pools for journalism (and society in general) later on? These are deeper issues beyond filling a page or screen time that will be required for change."

NCTJ raises more than £3,000 for Thomas Read bursary in remote fundraiser 29th June 2020

The NCTJ, Read family and supporters of the Journalism Diversity Fund (JDF) have raised almost £3,500 in a remote fundraiser for the Thomas Read bursary.

Mike Dodd announces his retirement from co-authoring McNae’s Essential Law for Journalists 26th June 2020

As the 25th edition of McNae’s Essential Law for Journalists is published today, co-author Mike Dodd has announced it will be his last.

McNae's Essential Law for Journalists 25th edition celebrated ahead of publication 25th June 2020

The authors and publishers of McNae’s Essential Law for Journalists have celebrated the upcoming 25th edition in a video released by the NCTJ today.

Piers Morgan welcomes launch of NCTJ virtual summer school 22nd June 2020

The NCTJ has today launched an online summer school, designed to provide an introduction to journalism for beginners.

Previous Thomas Read bursary recipients join NCTJ fundraising efforts 19th June 2020

Previous bursary recipients are amongst those joining the NCTJ this year to raise money for the Thomas Read bursary.

NCTJ announces upcoming launch of new Journalism Skills Academy 18th June 2020

The National Council for the Training of Journalists today announces plans to launch a Journalism Skills Academy (JSA), as part of a new initiative to scale up its training offer for in-work journalists.

New apprenticeship for a senior journalist approved 18th June 2020

An apprenticeship standard and assessment plan for senior journalists has been approved by the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education (IfATE).

NCTJ partners with Ability Today to launch journalism course for disabled students 4th June 2020

The NCTJ has partnered with Ability Today to launch an introductory journalism course for aspiring journalists with disabilities.

Students, apprentices and trainees keep up momentum with their journalism training thanks to remote exams 4th June 2020

Giving students the option to sit NCTJ exams at home has allowed them to “strike while the iron is hot”, says one course leader.

A message from our patron, Alex Crawford 28th May 2020

Alex Crawford, patron of the NCTJ and special correspondent for Sky News, has stressed the importance of journalists holding power to account in a video clip published by the NCTJ. 

NCTJ Awards for Excellence 2020 open for entries 21st May 2020

The NCTJ Awards for Excellence, which recognise the achievements of talented individuals with promising journalism careers ahead of them, are now open for entries for 2020.

#ChooseNCTJ: Calum Leslie, BBC Newsbeat 19th May 2020

"The NCTJ training on the course was invaluable. From media law, to shorthand skills and an understanding of public affairs, the subjects gave me the ability to go into newsrooms and put myself to good use right away."

Google News Initiative increases annual Journalism Diversity Fund donation by more than 50 per cent 14th May 2020

The NCTJ has today welcomed a decision by the Google News Initiative (GNI) to substantially increase its annual donation to the Journalism Diversity Fund.

Updated contingency documents May 2020 13th May 2020

The NCTJ's contingency policy and contingency plan have been updated to include information on remote exam sittings.

A week in the life of a Community News Project reporter 12th May 2020

Rebecca Beardmore, community reporter with the Blackpool Gazette, has compiled a diary of a week in her life – highlighting how she is juggling work commitments with her Diploma in Journalism studies, while simultaneously working from home during the coronavirus pandemic and looking after three children.

NCTJ publishes insight into work being done by Community News Project reporters 12th May 2020

Today the NCTJ publishes a remarkable insight into the work being done by reporters hired as part of the Facebook-backed Community News Project (CNP).

NCTJ to pilot remote exams in move to innovate and adapt amidst coronavirus pandemic 6th May 2020

The National Council for the Training of Journalists will be piloting remote exam sittings in May and June, following a successful two-week testing period.

'Ditch your voice recorder and pick up your pen - shorthand is as invaluable as ever' Laura Pitel 21st April 2020

"Hunched over an exercise book, carefully practicing the shapes of different letters, some days at my NCTJ course would feel like being back in kindergarten. There was even nightly homework. But I use the things I learned on my 17-week training every day in my role as the FT’s Turkey correspondent."

Updated coronavirus contingency plan 16 April 16th April 2020

The NCTJ has updated its coronavirus contingency plan, which has been put in place in consultation with its stakeholders to ensure that disruption to NCTJ exams or assessments is minimised as much as possible.

NCTJ exploring pioneering remote exam technology for journalism students and trainees 16th April 2020

The National Council for the Training of Journalists is exploring the potential to offer its exams remotely from May using cutting-edge secure proctoring technology and alternative online platforms.

Figures show Community News Project reporters are bringing new perspectives to newsrooms 8th April 2020

Figures released today by the NCTJ show how reporters hired as part of the Community News Project feel they have brought new perspectives to newsrooms across the UK.

Updated coronavirus contingency plan 8th April 2020

The NCTJ has updated its coronavirus contingency plan, which has been put in place in consultation with its stakeholders to ensure that disruption to NCTJ exams or assessments is minimised as much as possible.

What the JDF means to me: Keiran Southern, Los Angeles correspondent, PA Media 1st April 2020

"In my two years in Hollywood, I've covered some of the biggest stories in the world and interviewed scores of A-list celebrities. It's been a gruelling spell, filing from tough environments like Hawaii, the Met Gala in New York and the red carpet at the Oscars. A recent job involved travelling to Canada to cover the Duke and Duchess of Sussex. Someone has to do it, I suppose."

NCTJ distance learning Q&A: Chloe West, Rotherham Advertiser 30th March 2020

"It was really interesting and a valuable thing to go through because I could constantly apply it to my job."

Seven tips for journalists reporting on COVID-19 from the Science Media Centre 30th March 2020

The Science Media Centre is an independent press office working with the UK national media and the scientific community on the big scientific stories of the day. Here are their thoughts on things to consider when you’re reporting on COVID-19.

Community News Project reporters giving communities a voice amid coronavirus pandemic 26th March 2020

Community News Project reporters have been rising to the challenge to give their communities a voice amid the coronavirus pandemic.

NCTJ tutors keeping students engaged through remote teaching 26th March 2020

Keeping students engaged as a community is essential say NCTJ tutors as they turn to remote teaching during the coronavirus outbreak.

Thank you from the NCTJ 26th March 2020

Although these may be dark days for our country and trade, the response from national and local journalists, educators and trainers, examiners and volunteers has been truly magnificent.

Dow Jones announced as new sponsor of the Journalism Diversity Fund 25th March 2020

Dow Jones, publisher of The Wall Street JournalBarron’s and Financial News, has become the latest news publisher to support the Journalism Diversity Fund (JDF).

How the Journalism Diversity Fund kick-started my career - Yusuf Khan, Wall Street Journal 25th March 2020

"The JDF provides a real gateway into journalism for people coming from non-traditional backgrounds, and it’s an organisation I’m thankful to have been a part of."

NCTJ coronavirus contingency plan update 24 March 24th March 2020

The NCTJ has considered the revised guidance issued by the government on 23 March and has taken the decision to postpone all diploma exams in April 2020, including shorthand exams and in-office national sittings.

Update: coronavirus contingency plan 20th March 2020

The NCTJ has considered the revised guidance issued by the government on 18 March relating to the COVID-19 pandemic and we have updated our contingency plan.

Update: NCTJ coronavirus contingency plan 17th March 2020

The NCTJ has considered the revised guidance issued by the government on 16 March relating to the COVID-19 outbreak and as such has updated its contingency plan.

JDF 15th anniversary: Q&A with April Roach 12th March 2020

"As a local journalist I can't help but recommend local newspapers as a stepping stone into the world of media. They're a great training ground and will get you immediately working on using your investigative and news sourcing skills."

NCTJ coronavirus contingency plan 11th March 2020

We appreciate that candidates and centres will be concerned about the possible impact of the recent coronavirus outbreak on their NCTJ exams, especially as we enter our busy exams season.

National Careers Week: Ollie Lewis 6th March 2020

"If you are really passionate about being a journalist, get out there and do it. Put yourself out there and give it a go, it’s not going to come to you. I would love to do my NCTJ course all over again."

Inspiring female journalism trainers recognised by NCTJ students for International Women's Day 6th March 2020

Outstanding and inspiring women involved in delivering journalism training are being honoured by the NCTJ to mark International Women’s Day.

National Careers Week: Niamh Campbell 5th March 2020

"My NCTJ training is the most practical training I've ever received. Everything I learned on this course has helped me in my journalistic role."

NCTJ coronavirus guidance 5th March 2020

In light of the recent coronavirus outbreak, the NCTJ is committed to ensuring the safety of its stakeholders.

National Careers Week: Jessica Murray 4th March 2020

"Being able to share the experiences of people from all walks of life is a real responsibility and privilege, and helps me to learn new things every day."

National Careers Week: Gurjeet Nanrah 3rd March 2020

"Don't be afraid to be keen as journalism is an industry that is truly what you make of it."

National Careers Week: Haley Bouma, STV 2nd March 2020

"With news you can always start with a plan but inevitably something will change throughout the day!"

NCTJ announces ambitious £500k goal for Journalism Diversity Fund as scheme celebrates 15th anniversary 25th February 2020

As the Journalism Diversity Fund (JDF) reaches its 15th year, the NCTJ has set its sights on raising the annual value of the fund to half a million pounds.

My apprenticeship story: Jessica Frank-Keyes, Eastern Daily Press 7th February 2020

"I took part in a journalism apprenticeship as part of my training with the Eastern Daily Press in 2018-19."

Our apprenticeship story: JPIMedia 6th February 2020

"Our apprentices play a key role in our newsrooms working closely with colleagues to help produce great community journalism stories."

My apprenticeship story: Yohannes Lowe, The Telegraph 5th February 2020

"I have always enjoyed talking to people and finding out about their personal stories."

My apprenticeship story: Thomas Kingsley, MyLondon 4th February 2020

"Growing up as an ethnic minority in a marginalised community, I quickly noticed that people who looked like me and came from my background were seldom represented in the media."

NCTJ supports National Apprenticeship Week 2020 3rd February 2020

As National Apprenticeship Week 2020 begins, the NCTJ is proud to support the campaign, co-ordinated by the National Apprenticeship Service.

My apprenticeship story: Dan Wright, KM Media Group 3rd February 2020

"I certainly wouldn't be writing this as news editor of my hometown paper if I hadn't gone down the apprentice path as a teenager."

Editors quizzed by students at NCTJ Student Council conference 31st January 2020

A panel of editors were quizzed by students about how to stand out against the crowd when competing for journalism careers at the annual NCTJ Student Council conference.

Diploma awards presented by Financial Times deputy editor at 2020 Student Council conference 31st January 2020

Twelve students have been rewarded for achieving the best results in the 2018-19 NCTJ Diploma in Journalism exams.

Paul Durrant Award for outstanding NQJ results in East of England presented at NCTJ Student Council conference 31st January 2020

Rhoda Morrison, senior reporter at the Bury Free Press, has been awarded the Paul Durrant Award for her outstanding performance in the National Qualification in Journalism (NQJ) exams.

Women’s Health editor-in-chief stresses importance of self-care in webinar for Journalism Diversity Fund students 30th January 2020

Journalism Diversity Fund bursary recipients received an insight into how to look after their mental wellbeing in a webinar delivered by Claire Sanderson, editor-in-chief of Women’s Health and Roisin Dervish-O’Kane, senior editor at Women’s Health.

Financial Times to host conference for NCTJ student representatives 16th January 2020

Student representatives from NCTJ courses, apprenticeship schemes and the Community News Project will gather at the 2020 Student Council conference, hosted by the Financial Times.

NCTJ mourns the death of its longest-ever serving staff member 30th November 2006

Jan Alder, who worked for the NCTJ for nearly thirty years, has died of cancer. She passed away peacefully at St Helena Hospice in Colchester on 1 January 2021, aged 64.