NCTJ staff hosted an online event to support its students working towards their journalism qualification via distance learning.
The attendees – most of whom are studying the Diploma in Journalism – received advice about taking exams remotely, were signposted to useful materials, updated on relevant changes to the NCTJ website and courses, and more.
They also had the opportunity to directly ask questions to NCTJ staff at the event yesterday (Tuesday, 31 October).
Claudia Caiafa, NCTJ senior digital marketing co-ordinator, told the group: “The website is your primary source of information about distance learning, and we have made quite a few recent changes to the distance learning information.
“We have now put everything on one page so it’s easily accessible and you don’t have to go through lots of different pages to try and find what you are looking for.”
She encouraged the students to check out the NCTJ’s jobs board, which features opportunities for journalists at all stages of their careers.
“We are always reviewing our website so there will be lots of changes happening and if there’s anything you can suggest for any improvements then do reach out and let us know,” she added.
Morgan Le Riche, NCTJ events and training co-ordinator, said: “You will be given access to the learner forum and this is an area which is really for students to be able to access other students that are learning.
“It’s a forum to be able to share or ask questions with each other to create a network between you as you are all distance learners.
“You can take advantage of that as much or as little as you like.”
Emma Richens, assessment co-ordinator, encouraged the group to book appointments with tutors who can support them through their studies.
She said: “They are there to support you to get the best possible grade.”
Laura Adams, head of the NCTJ’s Journalism Skills Academy, said: “We really want this to be as informative as possible for you all because it’s important that we provide excellent service to our distance learners and if you have any suggestions for us, please let us know.”
Watch the distance learning event here.
The inaugural distance learning support webinar took place on Tuesday, 18 July. Its success saw the NCTJ commit to host the sessions regularly throughout the year.
Read more about that event here.
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.
Find out more about studying for an NCTJ qualification via distance learning here.