"For the seven years I have been teaching Online and Multimedia journalism I haven’t seen any change in the NCTJ syllabus that includes “Production, multi-media design packages, content management knowledge, video and audio creation and editing”. Believe me I’ve looked.Oh, how I longed for Oxdown to reflect new media. Even get an internet connection. But no, not even a squeak of recognition for anything other than PA, shorthand and Law ."
At the Society of Editors Conference in November, Joanne Butcher, the chief executive of the NCTJ, hit back at the organisation’s critics. They suffer from "misplaced academic snobbery", apparently.
Presumably the "snobs" are those of us who teach on university journalism degree courses who have questioned the NCTJ’s outdated assessment methods. (Teachers of NCTJ pre-entry courses in FE colleges remain largely supportive).
Let’s face it, the NCTJ knows it has to modernise or else it will soon become irrelevant. Thankfully, I’ve heard it is currently designing a syllabus for online journalism. I hope it will appear sooner rather than later.