Training chiefs are set to finalise a new assessment for sports journalists after a consultation involving regional press titles.
The National Council for the Training of Journalists is moving its sports journalism Diploma in Journalism exam online, which it says will offer “an opportunity to reshape its format and enhance its digital content”.
Sports editors and reporters were asked to complete a short survey to review the NCTJ’s proposed changes to the exam, which include using online technology to enhance the post-match quotes question in the match report assessment, replacing the round-up in paper two with a 200-word preview and introducing a data journalism question.
The first sitting of the new e-assessment will take place in December this year.
An announcement on the NCTJ’s website states: “Since its launch 15 years ago, the exam has been sat by thousands of students who have gone on to forge successful careers in journalism, and with the constant change of the media landscape, there have been regular updates to the programme of study and exam.
“As the exam becomes an e-assessment, and to ensure the programme of study and exam continue to meet industry needs, the NCTJ conducted a consultation with the industry earlier this year to gain feedback on shaping its future.”
Regional titles involved in the consultation include Archant Norfolk, Essex County Newspapers, Isle of Wight County Press, Sussex Newspapers, Liverpool Echo, Manchester Evening News, Oxford Mail, Portsmouth daily The News, Sunderland Echo and Wales Online.