NCTJ Gold for Grimsby

Exciting news for Grimsby and the east coast as the Grimsby Institute has been accredited by the National Council for the Training of Journalists (NCTJ) to offer its gold standard Diploma in Journalism course.

The 20-week full time fast track qualification will prepare any aspiring journalists for the demands of a fast-changing multimedia industry.

In the 21st century journalism has converged with journalists being expected to have the skills required to work across all platforms. Traditional broadcast and web skills are also needed by print journalists.

The course we offer will equip future journalists with the skills they need to be an effective reporter. You will learn shorthand, law and how government works all within the demands of a working newsroom.

With an NCTJ certificate on your CV, a prospective employer knows you have grasped the basics.

To gain entry on this course you will need to demonstrate an interest in current affairs at all levels; have 
a lively interest in people, places and events; 

good spelling, grammar and punctuation; a willingness to accept irregular working hours; 
an ability to work under pressure to meet deadlines
 and determination and persistence.

A Journalism Diversity Fund has been set up by those in the industry who want to support the training of journalists from socially and ethnically diverse backgrounds.

This industry fund is aimed at people without the financial means to attend NCTJ training courses. Applicants will need to demonstrate a genuine commitment to journalism and the potential to succeed.

The fund can help financially by paying course fees and living expenses, as well as providing a mentor, and helping to find work experience. To find out more about the fund and whether you would be eligible check out the website and to download an application form.

To apply for the NCTJ Diploma in Journalism you need to download an application form from the NCTJ website – www.nctj.comImageApplication forms must be returned to the NCTJ as soon as possible or at least six weeks before the start of the course.

If invited for an interview, you will be required to take a written test, based on current affairs knowledge, to test your English skills and writing ability.

You will also need to demonstrate a keen interest in working as a journalist by having undertaken work experience placement at a news organisation.

On finishing this qualification, if successful in getting a job on a newspaper as a junior then you can work towards getting your senior.

All learning will take place in our newsroom within the new University Centre. Candidates will have access to the latest TV and radio equipment.

This is certainly an exciting opportunity for anyone wishing to become a journalist and is a great way to break into the industry.


Britain In A Day

Students from East Coast Media had a chance to be involved with the BBC Britain In A Day project recently.

The project’s aim was to capture people’s lives in one day – November 12th 2011 – and for them to post their films to the BBC where they are being collated into a documentary and archived. Film Director Ridley Scott and director Morgan Matthews invited everyone in the UK to submit a reflection of their lives on that day.

Our degree students were invited to look at 10 films each and check them for compliance against the BBC guidelines. The films were checked for language, copyright issues regarding music, branding, advertising to ensure they were suitable for inclusion and broadcast. From there they then had to decide which films would be archived and which would join the playlist and then this was whittled down to 10.

It was a difficult choice – there were some excellent films and sadly not all of them made it to our final 10. The students analysed the films and there were deep discussion taking place. Most films were chosen because it’s felt they truly reflected live in 21st century Britain from people washing their clothes to taking a shower to deciding what outfits to wear. Others included tours of where they lived or snapshots of home or family life.

It was riveting to sit and take a peek into their lives knowing they were all shot on the same day. It truly is a big undertaking but what a great project to have been involved in. Sadly I never got chance to make a film to submit on that day. Look out for the documentary Britain In A Day and visit the YouTube archive.

Use #Britaininaday hashtag and follow them on Twitter @Britaininaday

East Coast Media students looking at Britain In A Day

UCAS 240

Anyone applying for the BA Multi-Platform Journalism programme at University Centre Grimsby needs to have 240 UCAS points or above. Applications will be considered from mature applicants. The main things that tutors are looking for are:

  • Passion for journalism
  • Interest in current affairs
  • Wide reading and viewing of news
  • Interest of things going on around you
  • Motivation and hunger for the subject
  • Some prior media experience
  • Interest in technology
  • Ability to write and communicate

Anyone interested then please contact 01472 311222 and ask for Dawn Beales, HE Administrator.


Instagram continues to amaze me. I love looking at everyone’s images and engaging with people around the world.

It’s a fabulous way of sharing content and having dialogues. You’re all brought together by an image.

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