Brighton journalism training company has NCTJ accreditation restored

The National Council for the Training of Journalists has restored accreditation to Brighton Journalist Works after previously highlighting concerns about the way exams were conducted.

The privately-run training company lost its official NCTJ accreditation temporarily in January.

The NCTJ said in a statement: "Brighton Journalist Works was given up to 45 days to remedy the default and to restore the NCTJ’s confidence in its ability to deliver exams to the required standard.

"Following today’s meeting of the NCTJ board of directors, chief executive Joanne Butcher praised the swift action taken by the company to review and improve its exams operation."

She said: "The action Brighton Journalist Works has taken and promised to take during the default period has satisfied the board that the company is committed to meeting the required standard.

“Brighton Journalist Works has promised to embed a change of culture in its business and demonstrated that it has taken appropriate action on the objectives we set regarding staffing, facilities, communications, responsibility, accountability and the management of risk.”

The training company has been told to appoint an experienced head of exams and must also complete all remaining exams in the current academic year without incident under NCTJ supervision.

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