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 www.journalismdiversityfund.co.uk 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.comApplication 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.