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Training body seeks ‘oustanding journalists’ to become ambassadors

Joanne ButcherThe NCTJ is seeking to recruit a new team of ambassadors to champion the value of achieving its qualifcations.

The training body wants to hear from ‘oustanding journalists’ who will represent it at careers fairs and conferences, and potentially make media appearances and write articles on its behalf.

NCTJ-qualified journalists from across the industry are now being invited to express their interest in joining a new ambassadors’ group.

The move comes after the NCTJ’s Job Destinations 2023 research found 88pc of students who achieved the NCTJ’s gold-standard Diploma in Journalism were working in the industry within 15 months, compared to just 28pc of journalism graduates overall.

NCTJ chief executive Joanne Forbes, pictured, said: “We know gaining an NCTJ qualification gives aspiring journalists the best chance to succeed as they kick-start their careers.

“The training also instils and fosters the highest standards of journalism practice in the next generation of journalists.

“In gathering a group of dedicated ambassadors, our ambition is to spread the word about the value of NCTJ qualifications as a marker of quality, in turn helping the public appreciate the vital work professional journalists do in the fight against misinformation.

“I encourage journalists from all over the UK to get involved with this group – we can’t wait to hear from you!”

Anyone interested in finding out more should contact Franki Berry, NCTJ communications manager, at [email protected]