AddThis SmartLayers

NCTJ accredits remote learning course in industry first

Paul FosterA journalism course aimed solely at remote learners has been accredited by the National Council for the Training of Journalists in an industry first.

The NCTJ board has given its approval to the University of Portsmouth for the full-time and part-time distance learning MA Journalism, which will begin this September.

Students will be able to complete their degree and NCTJ Diploma in Journalism anywhere in the world, with the university hoping it will offer a more affordable option to prospective candidates.

They will be taught via live, timetabled lessons as well as news days, online tasks, practical demonstrations and mini-courses embedded on the university’s learning platform, Moodle.

Course leader Paul Foster, pictured, said: “We are delighted the NCTJ has awarded accreditation to our new course.

“Learning online isn’t for everyone but we feel it could be an attractive option for many who cannot afford – or simply don’t want – to move away from home. It can even be a great opportunity for those who are looking to change career but need to continue to work.

“Whatever the reason, the course adds yet another route to become an NCTJ qualified journalist.”

Those learning remotely will be able to meet up at the Portsmouth campus for activities every three months, while students living close to the university will be able to use the campus facilities on a daily basis.

Paul added: “It’s essentially like any other Master’s course but instead of in-person, it’s delivered online. All students need is a working computer, a wifi connection and a device to shoot video.”

Emma Robinson, accreditation manager at the NCTJ, said: “Awarding accreditation for the University of Portsmouth’s online-only MA Journalism programme is a first for the NCTJ.

“We are delighted to work with one of our flagship centres on this pilot scheme to ensure students are adequately supported throughout the course to work towards their NCTJ Diploma in Journalism qualification.

“The NCTJ is looking forward to working closely alongside the University of Portsmouth to ensure our stringent accreditation standards are met on this purely online course.”