NCTJ pair plan changes

The NCTJ has made two new key appointments.

John Dilley, who
has 20 years newspaper and magazine editorial experience and is
currently involved in university and commercial training, will
spearhead changes in both the preliminary and final exams.

Over the summer Dilley will consult with editors, trainees, students, colleges, universities and commercial providers.

Lyn
Jones, a training and development professional, has been brought on
board to drive forward government recognition of the NCTJ by the
Qualifications and Curriculum Authority (QCA).

Chief executive
Joanne Butcher said: “The NCTJ is widely recognised and respected as
the benchmark for training and qualifications in the industry but we
must move forward and respond to editors’ needs. The expertise that
John and Lyn bring will help us make our ambitious plans a reality.”

Changes
under consideration include amalgamating the two preliminary journalism
exams taken by students and adding a portfolio element to the
assessment.

Plans are underway to modernise the speech exam in
the final qualifying NCE and make some of the logbook portfolio key
tasks more practical.

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