The NCTJ Student council meeting took place at Salford MediaCityUK
Student representatives from NCTJ accredited journalism courses met this week to give feedback on the NCTJ training and examinations.
Just over 40 students from around the country attended the 4th annual NCTJ Student Council meeting, held this year in Salford University’s new MediaCityUK campus.
Samantha Herbert, third year BA Multi-media Journalism student attended the event as representative for Bournemouth University.
Tasked with relaying the opinions of their course mates, the students spent the first portion of the day in discussion with the staff of the NCTJ led by NCTJ Chief Executive, Joanne Butcher.
During the session students were also informed of progress made following on from the 2011 Council meeting. This included the move to have more information on the NCTJ website for students, increasing the direct communication to students studying for their qualifications. This is set to include a student newsletter – the first of which should be received by students in the coming weeks.
Due to concerns raised last year that students were being given too little opportunity to specialise in subjects, the NCTJ have also been looking at new options such as financial, business, health and international journalism as possible new specialisms to introduce in the future.
The word from the NCTJ staff was to watch this space, as much change and progress is in development and will be implemented soon.
Following the morning feedback session students then attended a ‘Meet the Editors panel’ chaired by Chris Elliott, Readers’ Editor, Guardian News and Media. Alongside Elliott was Lynn Ashweel, Deputy Editor Bolton News, Eamonn O’Neal, Managing Editor MEN Media and Michelle Mayman, TV Editor BBC North West Tonight.
Students were able to pose questions and seek advice from these industry professionals on a broad range of subjects, from how to write a stand-out CV, to what they saw as the future of the media industry.
To finish off the day, a tour of the new BBC MediaCityUK buildings was organised which visited the Match of the Day studio, the practice space used by the BBC philharmonic orchestra and brand new BBC newsrooms.
Five representatives from the February’s student council meeting will meet later this year in London to communicate the main concerns and suggestions raised at this week’s meetings to the NCTJ board.