Regional journalists have contributed to a new guide which aims to promote journalism as a career to schoolchildren.
The National Council for the Training of Journalist has renewed its drive to recruit more young people to the industry with the launch of its second careers guide.
The first guide was launched last year and was sent to more than 3,500 secondary schools and colleges across the UK.
This year’s, which features contributes from journalists including Oxford Mail health reporter Erin Lyons and Wales Online trainee reporter Lydia Stephens, will be received by almost 3,700 schools and colleges.
Features of the booklet include what makes a good journalist, how social media skills can come in handy, and how to use data to uncover stories and bring them to life.
The guide also features listings of all NCTJ-accredited courses.
Emma Robinson, the NCTJ’s accreditation manager, said: “By sending this careers guide out to schools and colleges, we want to reach out to students about the exciting prospect of studying on an NCTJ-accredited journalism course and starting out in their chosen journalism careers.
“This guide features a whole host of NCTJ alumni and students who, by achieving or working towards the Diploma in Journalism, have opened the doors to a whole range of careers in the media sector.
“This shows that students on NCTJ-accredited courses are more appealing to employers looking for multi-skilled recruits who know the fundamentals of journalism and can already operate to professional standards.
“Employability is the most important feature of all our courses and that’s why we want students to choose the right journalism course to have the skills, knowledge and aptitude to succeed in a newsroom.”