The value of the National Certificate Examination for reporters has risen as the number of jobs in the industry declines, according to a new report.
But editors say the so-called ‘gold standard’ industry qualification needs to evolve in line with the changing needs of employers.
The report published by the National Council for the Training of Journalists follows a six-month review on the qualification which ran from January to May 2011.
As part of the review, more than 100 newspaper editors asked to give their views in an online survey.
Among the key findings were that the ‘currency’ value of the qualification has risen as the number of jobs has declined.
Reflecting on cost, time pressures and major changes underway he said wholesale changes to the NCE would not be welcomed by editors and employers.
The report states: “What is required is for the exam to evolve; there is no demand for a revolution.”
The report states that the NCE remains a good test and needs to continue to move with the times, and reflect what is happening in most newsrooms, particularly in the way reporters operate and deal with digital publishing.
A demand for radical changes was not found and the report acknowledged that systems for digital publishing across the country vary greatly.
As well as the online survey the research also included a number of focus groups for editors and recently qualified seniors. Editors and senior managers from the sector’s leading publishers were also interviewed.
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