A new journalism qualification which was launched at colleges and universities last September will soon be available as a distance learning package.
The National Council for the Training of Journalists will start selling its Diploma in Journalism early next month, which can be completed by those unable to study at a centre running the course.
Five mandatory modules are included in the diploma – reporting, essential media law, essential public affairs, shorthand and a portfolio of work – while students must also choose two out of the four specialist options of media law court reporting, production journalism, sports journalism and business of magazines.
The NCTJ launched its new qualification last September, which is being taught at 26 centres, and it will completely replace the preliminary Certificate in Journalism from September this year.
To take part in the distance learning course, students must pay £383 plus VAT for a core package of books, CDs and a DVD-ROM, while the specialist options are £90 plus VAT each.
Once students have studied the modules, they will be able to sit the exams which make up the diploma.