The Society of Editors has launched a wide-ranging survey into the state of journalism training in a bid to ensure it is fit for the digital age.
On the day the latest NCE results showed a 6pc year-on-year drop in the pass rate for the main industry examination, the SoE is asking editors, students and trainers alike to have their say on the issue of how journalists are prepared for the modern-day workplace.
HoldtheFrontPage readers are being urged to contribute to the survey which seeks among other things to probe whether accreditation actually matters and whether 100wpm shorthand is still essential.
The results will be published at the SoE annual conference to be held on 11-13 November in Belfast.
Editors, journalism students and trainers wanting to contribute to the survey should click on the relevant link below. All submissions will remain confidential.
Launching the survey yesterday, the Society said the rise in digital technologies, media convergence and ethical issues had led to drastic changes in what is being taught in the classroom.
At the same time, with the huge commercial pressures on the regional press in particular, entry into the industry has never been so competitive.
Simon Bucks, associate editor of Sky News and chair of Society’s Training Committee said: “By surveying trainees, trainers and editors, we hope to gather a picture of every aspect of training across the board.
“From the qualifications to employment; we believe the results will provide a clearer picture of what skills are essential to prosper and flourish. As with anything – there’s always room for improvement.
“In collating the results trainees will hear from industry experts exactly what they are looking for when you walk through that door, accreditors can consider how flexible trainers consider their syllabus to be and editors will be provided with an overview of what differing institutes have to offer.
“With the Leveson Inquiry coming to a climax there has never been a more important time for the industry to demonstrate its commitment to high standards in journalism and those standards depend on top quality, precisely targeted training.”