Journalism careers guide 2019

The NCTJ has published a careers guide, which aims to encourage people from a range of backgrounds to consider a career in journalism. 

The guide has been sent to schools and colleges across the UK and is packed with valuable advice from journalists in a range of roles.

Aspiring journalists can consider their training options by hearing from alumni about the different paths they took into successful careers. The guide also features easy-to-navigate listings of all NCTJ-accredited courses, which are a cut above the rest.

Sports journalist and broadcaster Vaishali Bhardwaj is our cover star, and gives her tips on how to become a major player in sports journalism.

Vaishali, who studied towards the NCTJ diploma via distance learning, said: “There’s nothing like hands-on experience. Get yourself involved and work out whether it’s for you. Once you have done that, ensure you have the skills.

“The NCTJ qualifications give you that basis and confidence in your trade that allow you to excel.”

She adds: “It now feels like the perfect time for women to enter sports journalism. There is a genuine will for women to succeed and for women’s sport to have a higher profile.”

Also in the guide:

  • Job roles debunked
  • What makes a good data journalist
  • From fast-track course to BAFTA win
  • Why shorthand is as invaluable as ever
  • Former students tell us how a JDF bursary kick-started their careers
  • How Community News Project reporters are making waves

Click here to read the guide. To request print copies, please contact Sarah Kenny.