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.


Industry Week – East Coast Media

Before Christmas planning began for East Coast Media’s industry week, which takes place every year at the end of January. The talks feature people from a range of subjects who come in and talk about their career and their job.

This year the event is bigger and better. It starts on Monday January 24th and the key speaker on that day is John Hare who will be talking about concepts to consoles. John is a computer games designer, as well as a game artist and musician. He was one of the founder members of Sensible Software and co-designer and artist on Parallax, SEUCK and Wizkid. He is also a voting member of BAFTA and works for them as a juror and mentor.

Also on that day there will be a talk from Julie Woolley on graduate teaching training opportunities. Julie has worked in education since 1974 and has been an OfSted inspector as well as working as a headteacher.

On Tuesday, the highlight will be digital marketeer, Lee Smallwood, who will deliver two talks. One to the students on how to use social media to develop their career prospects and in the evening for business and industry as part of Creative Humber. The evening talk will be on creating visibility for their brand using social media.

Lee has worked on projects and campaigns ranging from large scale SEO projects to using social media platforms for product launches. Clients include Vodafone, Sarah Beeny, Orange, Huggies and Hitachi.

Other talks include BBC multi-media journalist Tarah Welsh, who has recently taken on the job in Grimsby covering the region for BBC Look North and Radio Humberside. Before coming to the area, she worked for BBC East Midlands.

Steve Lycett from Sumo Digital will give a talk about routes into the games industry.He is currently Development Producer but also acts as a designer.

This is just a taste of what to expect. Monday to Friday will see different guest speakers from all areas of the creative media industry talking to East Coast Media students.

For further information on industry week call 01472 315550. Look out for interviews with some of the speakers posted here.