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Journalism workshops gear up for important exams

The National Council for the Training of Journalists is running three one-day workshops for trainees sitting preliminary exams.

The sessions will focus on news writing and portfolio, public affairs and media law.

Attendees will be able to spend time with a tutor preparing for the preliminary exams in May.

Prior to the workshops, trainees will be sent a sample exam paper which must be completed and returned to the tutor who will then mark it and go through corrections at the workshop.

Reporters can also submit five areas of concern which will then be worked into the workshop day by the tutors.

The sessions are also open to distance learners and university students. They will take place at the NCTJ’s offices in Saffron Walden, Essex, on the following dates:

  • News writing and portfolio, March 25.
    The tutor will be Richard Parsons who is head of hournalism training at News Associates/Sportsbeat. He is also a former editor of the Buckinghamshire Advertiser and worked on the Daily Mail and Sunday Express.
  • Public affairs part 1 and 2, March 26.
    The tutor will be Dr Daragh Minogue who has taught politics at the University of Portsmouth and St. Mary’s University College where he is currently an academic director in the School of Communications.
  • Media law part 1 and 2, March 27.
    The tutor is Dan Lee who teaches media law on the NCTJ’s distance learning courses. He is also a qualified journalist and solicitor who writes for the Guardian and The Times.
  • For further information and to receive an application form about the workshops e-mail or call 01799 544945.