Aspiring international journalists can now achieve an NCTJ qualification, designed especially for them, through distance learning.
The Qualification in Practical International Journalism is aimed at journalism students who hope to work around the world.
It covers all the core elements of being a journalist overseas.
Earning the international qualification through distance learning offers flexibility around other commitments and affordability.
John Dilley, who was a journalist for more than 30 years and director of the De Montfort University’s Leicester Centre for Journalism for 14 years, was a consultant in developing the qualification.
He said: “The portfolio provides the flexibility for the candidate to choose their platform – digital, broadcast, print – as well as the type of stories, for instance, sport, politics or general news.
“Whatever continent they are living on, this distance learning qualification offers great flexibility for international students looking to study an NCTJ qualification remotely.”
The international qualification has been delivered at Ulster University and at the University of Salford.
Dr Colm Murphy, subject leader in media, film and journalism at Ulster University, said: “The course provides you with the skills to work as a journalist internationally.
“It allows you to build a multimedia portfolio of work that will impress editors and be a key to getting your foot into your first media job.
“It is tough but suitable for those for whom English is not necessarily their first language.”
Modules include interviewing, ethics and international affairs.
Jonny Collins studied the international qualification at Ulster University alongside a master’s in international journalism with hostile environment reporting, having previously achieved a degree in cinematic arts.
“It was really good as it gave me a good foundation in what I needed to know alongside good life skills,” Jonny said. “I like reporting the facts and working with people.”
Other qualifications available on the NCTJ’s e-learning platform include the Certificate in Foundation Journalism (CFJ), Diploma in Journalism and the National Qualification in Journalism (NQJ). These courses are recommended for students looking to work in the UK.
Lyn Jones, head of qualifications at the NCTJ, said: “We are delighted to launch this international qualification on our e-learning platform so that overseas students can obtain an NCTJ qualification to help progress a career in journalism, working in their own country.
“The qualification focuses on the core practical and digital skills needed by all journalists and covers international media law and global affairs. Assessed by a portfolio of evidence, students can study at their own pace and in their own time, and submit their work for assessment by qualified UK-based journalists.”
Find out more about the international qualification here.