New journalism training module boasts Scots course leader among advisors

A COURSE leader at a Scots college is among four advisers on a new module being added to the Diploma in Journalism, run by the National Council for the Training of Journalists.

The module concerns business and finance journalism and will be available in September.

And among the quartet of advisors is Pat Joyce, from Adam Smith College in Kirkcaldy.

Says the NCTJ: “The new specialist option in the diploma will allow students and trainees to expand their business and finance reporting skills. Development work is underway following support from those attending the Journalism Skills Conference in November last year and the Student Council in February.”

A statement quotes chair, Stephen Mitchell, as saying: “The economy continues to be the single most important news agenda item in the media. While all journalists should have an understanding and ability to report business and finance stories, this specialist option will provide an opportunity for students and trainees to gain a broader and deeper understanding of business and finance reporting.”

The option must be studied alongside the diploma’s mandatory units (reporting; portfolio; shorthand; essential public affairs; and essential media law). The other specialist options are: court reporting; video journalism for online; production journalism; sports journalism; business of magazines; and broadcast journalism. Candidates have to complete at least two specialist options as well as the mandatory units to gain the diploma.

Joyce’s colleagues are John Dilley, course leader, De Montfort University; Colm Murphy, head of School of Media, Film and Journalism at the University of Ulster; and Ian Reeves, director of learning and teaching at the University’s of Kent’s Centre for Journalism.