NCTJ and Beyond: What you may have missed and the future

December 6, 2010

Those Wannabe Hacks have done it again, given me more food for thought about how to progress the NCTJ and Beyond blog. I was reading one of their excellent posts the other day (you can read it here) and realised that I haven’t really done number five on that list, interacting with my readers out there.

Firstly, I would like to thank you all for taking the time to read the blog, comment on it and share it with others. In the short three months that I have been blogging there has been just over 1,500 page views. I consider that quite a success for a small, part time blog but I want to aim higher.

The blog has over 70 Twitter followers and 40 likes on its Facebook  page. It is listed as one of the best “J-Blogs” on It’s quite a solid readership base and there is potential to build on and I am very thankful to those who have jumped on board so far.

NCTJ and Beyond can always improve and reach greater heights and I would like to include the readers in helping the site grow. I would therefore like to open the blog to the floor and ask you all to give me some feedback. Is there a post you are screaming out for? Are there areas you think can be improved? Would you like to see more blogs more often? Any thoughts are welcome either on the comments, on Twitter or at the Facebook page.

In the meantime here are some of the most popular posts from the site that you may or may not have missed:

5 Things You Need to Know to Pass News Writing

NCTJ Shorthand – The Future

Top 5 Places You May Not Have Looked For A Journalism Job


A Brief Pause

October 16, 2010

Due to the impending final exams of my NCTJ course there will be limited posts at NCTJ and Beyond untill after 6th November as I will be studying Law and PA, beavering away at Shorthand and finishing my Portfolio.

Thanks for all the support in the blog so far and please keep reading. There will be more to come from me once the exams are over.

Can A Trustworthy Journalist Succeed?

September 24, 2010

Widely reported results of a recent study show the level of trust the public place in journalists is on the decline.

The timing of the release isn’t great, with phone hacking a subject yet to be cast off as fish and chip paper. But does the fact that journalism is generally regarded as a dishonest profession deter the bright eyed students ready to enter the media world? It doesn’t seem that way as figures show that applications to journalism courses is at an all time high.

What are journalists’ feelings about this stereotype though? I don’t see myself as a dishonest person and I haven’t tried to get into the industry to be considered an untrustworthy member of society. Did the people who hacked the voicemail of politicians and celebrities at the News of the World? I suspect not, but if you were in their position and under orders would you have done anything differently?

The question I am grappling with the most is, do you have to be untrustworthy to succeed as a journalist? At local level, the answer is definitely not. The local journalist plays an important part in the community and will never get a story big enough to warrant burning his/her bridges with the local services or people by digging for dirt.

But on a national scale, I am not so sure. Stories need to be found, and on slow days desperate times can sometimes result in desperate measures, and I suspect not all of those measures are trustworthy.

 But then again, it could be worse. We could be politicians.

 Pic Credit: Simon Howden

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