Journalism training courses to merge

From Press
The NVQ training system for journalism has been effectively scrapped and is merging with the National Council for the Training of Journalists to create one vocational training qualification for journalists.

The NCTJ, which accredits courses at 41 colleges and universities across the country, will administer the new qualification which replaces the National Vocational Qualification in journalism, run by the Newspaper Society. The two bodies said today they hoped the new course would be a “gold standard” in journalism training.

Companies using the newspaper NVQ will transfer students onto the NCTJ’s training structure. Students on the NVQ course can choose whether to finish it or transfer to the NCTJ’s National Certificate Examination, the newspaper industry’s standard qualification.

“The NCTJ is well placed to provide a progressive one-stop shop for training and qualifications for all those wanting to join our newspapers as well as those who are developing their journalism careers with us,” said Russell Whitehair, the president of the Newspaper Society.

John Fry, the chief executive of regional publishing group Archant and chair of the working group overseeing the merger, said: “Our industry is undergoing huge change with digital developments that present us with both challenges and opportunities. Journalists are at the heart of this revolution and it makes sense that we have a completely joined-up approach to skills and qualifications.

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