New prize announced for trainee video journalists

STUDENTS at one Scottish college and two universities are being invited to enter a competition recognising their skills as trainee video journalists.

The students – from Adam Smith College, Glasgow Caledonian University and Robert Gordon University – are all studying video journalism on courses accredited by the National Council for the Training in Journalists, which has announced a prize for the best example of student work.

The brand new prize is being sponsored by ‘the UK’s largest independently-owned community media business’, Archant. Specifically, the prize is for video journalism for online and the winning student will receive £250.

Video journalism for online is a module in the NCTJ’s Diploma in Journalism.

Says the NCTJ: “The video journalism option was introduced fully during the last academic year and is designed to enable trainees to produce short, focused video reports for use online on news websites.

“Creativity is encouraged but students need to work to industry standards. Upon completion of the module, candidates sit a two-hour video editing examination which assesses their basic editing and reporting skills and produce one video news package created entirely on their own.”