First diploma

The first journalist has been awarded a new professional
qualification backed by the Newspaper Society. To qualify for the
Newspaper Qualifications Council diploma, candidates must first
complete NVQ level four in newspaper journalism and then gain six
months of professional experience, before being assessed on a portfolio
of work.

Last year about 200 candidates took the NVQ route into journalism, which enables them to train in the workplace.

However,
the majority take the exams issued by the National Council for the
Training of Journalists, which require at least five months’ full-time
study.

Nick Griffiths, crime reporter at Cumbrian Newspapers, was
presented with the NQC National Diploma in Newspaper Journalism by NQC
chairman Keith Parker, who said: “I hope this will be the first of many
applications for the diploma, which demonstrates the achievement of
working to the high standards being applied by the industry.”

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