Students working towards their journalism qualifications via distance learning were given exclusive NCTJ support in an inaugural webinar held today.
The webinar saw NCTJ staff signpost distance learners to key webpages and talk through exams procedures, tutor support available, e-portfolio guidelines and a new results area on the NCTJ’s Journalism Skills Academy platform.
Attendees were also given guidance on where to find extra resources on the Journalism Skills Academy and how to connect with other students via an online forum.
Rachel Slater, events and training co-ordinator at the NCTJ, told the webinar attendees: “The student support forum is a place where you can chat to each other and feel like a group.
“It’s a nice way to interact with each other as we know distance learners can feel isolated.”
Questions from attendees about e-portfolio categories, including video journalism elements, were also answered by the NCTJ team.
Laura Adams, head of the NCTJ’s Journalism Skills Academy, said: “We were really pleased to host our first distance learning webinar which is aimed at supporting learners through their studies.
“The purpose of the event was to share key information about distance learning with attendees and to answer questions they might have.
“The session was well received and we intend to arrange more throughout the year for others to attend.”
The date of the next webinar for distance learners will be communicated via the announcements section in the Journalism Skills Academy.
Find out more about studying for an NCTJ qualification via distance learning here.