Birmingham Press Club director Marc Reeves is among a number of regional editors who are to advise individual journalism colleges on the latest newsroom practices as part of a plan to make industry training “more rigorous”.
The National Council for the Training of Journalists has announced the appointment of 14 editorial chiefs from across regional and national media in a bid to tighten up its accreditation process.
They include Trinity Mirror’s West Midland editor-in-chief Marc Reeves and his East Midlands counterpart Steve Hall, Rachael Sugden, Trinity Mirror Gloucestershire senior editor and Martin Wright, editor of the Shropshire Star.
Marc commented: "It's great to be more involved. The pace of change in the regional news industry is such that you can be out of touch within just a few months, so its essential that courses are closer than ever to the industry.
“This can only be good for the students, who are more employable as a result - as well as employers like Trinity Mirror who want people to hit the ground running when they're recruited,” he added.
The editors have been assigned to work with the NCTJ’s accredited centres to offer practical support, knowledge and advice on the latest journalistic techniques and working practices.
The NCTJ currently accredits more than 80 journalism courses at some 40 universities, further education colleges and independent training centres across the UK.
The appointments form part of a broader plan, unveiled by the NCTJ, which will see centres with consistently high performance standards being made subject to fewer visits by the organisation.
Key features of the approach include:
An even more rigorous, transparent and cost-effective system allowing efforts to be concentrated where they are needed most. Centres with consistently high performance standards will be subject to fewer visits.
More practical support from editors and the NCTJ with closer collaboration between accredited course providers and the industry.
Designated industry advisers are offering knowledge and advice on the latest journalistic techniques and working practices.
A holistic and risk-based proportionate approach using evidence and information gathered by the NCTJ to raise standards and eliminate unnecessary bureaucracy.