Job Opportunity at NCTJ



The NCTJ is to recruit a journalism intern to administer, promote and develop the Journalism Diversity Fund. There will also be an opportunity to write for the website, press releases and other projects where the intern can develop journalism skills and contacts.Applicants, who must have completed, or be about to complete, an NCTJ accredited course or distance learning programme successfully, will have a demonstrable interest in diversity and understand its importance to the future of journalism. In return we will offer a trainee level salary and further journalism training, development and networking opportunities.  The internship is designed to help the successful candidate develop a career in journalism.The intern will be based at the NCTJ’s offices in Newport, Saffron Walden, Essex.It is expected that the internship will commence in June 2012 for up to six months.Candidates must be bright, flexible, professional, proactive, hard working, organised, confident and willing to listen and learn.  Good administration and IT skills are essential. Applications from those who have not completed an NCTJ-accredited course will NOT be considered. Closing date: Friday, 4 May 2012 Further information can be found here and at

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Does the media coverage help Norwegian mass murderer to promote his far-right views?


Since Monday I have been closely following the trial against Anders Behring Breivik. It has simply been impossible to avoid seeing the pictures and footage of the Norwegian mass murderer smiling with satisfaction before his deeds were read out or the headlines “I would do it again”.  It has been the top story in most of the Scandinavian media outlets for the fourth day now.

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Postgrads celebrate record NCTJ Reporting results


No fewer than eight out of our 11 postgrad students have passed their NCTJ Reporting exam at the first time of asking. In percentage terms that's a 73 per cent pass rate for an exam that nationally fewer than 50 per cent of takers pass, so hats off to the postgrads. In addition, five out of the eight successful students scored Bs, an extremely rare achievement, they are all a credit to the Centre. This tops last year's pass rate of 66 per cent for the postgrads' NCTJ reporting exam. Onwards and Upwards.

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The Guardian International Development Journalism Competition


The Guardian recognises that some issues faced by the developing world can be overlooked in the media.  In its fifth year of being run, the competition involves writing a feature 650-1000 words on 'an aspect of global poverty that deserves greater media exposure'.  Around 40 of the best entries will be published on The Guardian website, then 16 finalists (eight amateur, eight professional) will be flown to a developing country where they will be tasked with researching a new assignment.  Two winners will

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The British media fails when reporting Hong Kong


I was very dissapointed by the coverage of the recent Hong Kong elections by the British media.

Before I left to come back to Hong Kong, I was closely following the elections for the Hong Kong Chief Executive via British news outlets.

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When is it right to "whistleblow"?


The NFL has been rocked by the "bounty" scandal in which New Orleans Saints defensive co-ordinator Gregg Williams paid players to injure the opposition. The saga took a new twist last week when audio was released by documentary-maker Sean Pamphilon of Williams ordering his players to "go for the heads" of players who had a history of concussions and to injure the ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) of a player who had a previous knee injury.

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Samantha Brick: The Media Equivalent of a Plot Device


'While I'm no Elle Macpherson, I'm tall, slim, blonde and, so often I'm told, a good looking woman. I know how lucky I am. But there are downsides to being pretty - the main one being that other women hate me for no other reason than my lovely looks.'

The above will be very familiar not just to us journalism students. Unless you have been living under a rock for the past 48 hours you will recognise that as an excerpt from the now infamous Daily Mail article written by Samantha Brick.

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Reporter Vacancy at Newbury Weekly News


The NCTJ has asked the Centre to advertise this vacancy to all qualified candidates. So, if you have passed the necessary professional exams please consider applying: 

NEWS REPORTER Newbury Weekly News

A News Reporter is wanted for the Newbury Weekly News and its website We need someone who can sniff out a story, make plenty of contacts, write copy quickly and accurately -for print and web - and who can take a good picture too. Some experience of video desirable, but not essential. Successful candidate will most likely have already passed their NCTJ prelim exams and be working towards completing their final NCE. Car driver essential.

Introductory letter and CV please to:

Brien Beharrell, Editorial Director, Newbury News Limited, Newspaper House, Faraday Road, Newbury, Berkshire, RG14 2DW

Closing date - April 20, 2012

The Newbury News Limited offers a defined contribution pension scheme and promotes equal opportunities.

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AdBlock’s cats leave me feeling a guilty April Fool.


From midnight on April fools, instead of blocking adverts online AdBlock has started replacing them with photos of cats.

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Shorthand, my little treasure


It is to be said. Tuesday morning when the alarm goes off half an hour earlier due to the 9 o’clock shorthand lecture, you begin questioning yourself: why in 2012 do I still need to learn it?

For me it is particularly hard because Monday night I usually stay up late since on Italian TV my favourite comedian Maurizio Crozza is broadcasted.

One of these Mondays I was waiting for some kind souls to upload the video on YouTube and finally at around midnight I was able to watch it.

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