Practical International Journalism

This level 5 qualification covers all the core elements of being a practical journalist operating in an international arena.

A journalist working overseas needs an array of skills and knowledge. They must be self-starting, able to find and source stories, have strong interviewing skills, be able to tell compelling stories for a variety of platforms – online, mobile, digital, broadcast and print – and be technically adept at using all the digital tools available to communicate appropriately with their audience.

They also need the ability to take still photographs, produce and edit audio and video and understand how to deal with the many ethical issues which they will confront in their day-to-day work. They must able to identify appropriate responses dependent on their international environment and they should have an awareness of media law and public organisations on the global stage.

This qualification will deliver the above skills and is designed for candidates with a minimum English language standard of 6 IELTS or an equivalent.

It may be studied by candidates with English as your first language, but it does not prepare you for work as a journalist in the UK. To prepare for work in the UK you will need the Diploma in Journalism.


This qualification is assessed by an e-portfolio of evidence. The aim of the e-portfolio assessment is to ensure candidates can write, shoot or record engaging, accurate, well-balanced and ethically sound stories that have an international dimension using independent research and interview skills.

The qualification is currently being delivered on the University of Salford’s MA International Journalism for Digital Media.

You can also study for the qualification via distance learning

Practical International Journalism qualification specification.

More qualifications from the NCTJ

Certificate in Foundation Journalism

This level 3 qualification is ideal for those looking for an introduction to journalism, or those wishing to use journalistic skills for a specific purpose, such as blogging.

Diploma in Journalism

This level 5 qualification will prepare learners for the demands of a newsroom, teaching the skills needed to work as a professional journalist.

National Qualification in Journalism

The level 6 National Qualification in Journalism is our professional senior qualification that examines all-round competence in a range of essential journalism skills.

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