Broadcast Journalism

Developments in radio and TV have brought many more opportunities for journalists in recent years. Among those at the top of the tree are the reporters following world events on a satellite link, interviewing politicians and celebrities, or presenting the news in a studio. But to reach this pinnacle they have invariably had years – sometimes decades – of hard training and experience.

Broadcast Journalism Training Council

The Broadcast Journalism Training Council, known as the BJTC, is the main accrediting body for undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in broadcast and multimedia journalism.

You can find out the nearest BJTC approved programme near you by visiting its regularly updated online page of accredited courses. 

BBC

Perhaps unsurprisingly, the largest single training organisation for broadcast journalism is the BBC itself. Its training is much sought-after, very thorough, and above all highly competitive.

The Corporation is always keen to attract new recruits. As the BBC’s website says: “It’s our goal to become the most creative organisation in the world. But in order to make it a reality, we need to keep on attracting the brightest, most creative and talented people. People just like you.”

The BBC recruits some of its journalists directly from other sectors of the media, especially when it needs to find reporters with a particular specialisation – so there is always the possibility for an experienced journalist to make the move from the printed media to broadcasting, especially as the Corporation has such a plethora of local, regional, national and even international TV and radio stations. The BBC has various Direct Entry training schemes, with fierce competition for places.

Would-be entrants to broadcasting should not, however, fix their sights solely on the BBC. Commercial radio and TV stations should also be approached for vacancies in their newsrooms. The biggest radio group in the UK is Global which actually sponsors a state school called the Global Academy in Hayes specialising in broadcasting and digital media.

For information on training and career opportunities in broadcasting:

Broadcast Journalism Training Council
18 Miller’s Close
Rippingale
Nr Bourne
Lincolnshire PE10 0TH
www.bjtc.org.uk

BBC Recruitment
PO Box 48305
London W12 6YE
www.bbc.co.uk/jobs
General advice on all careers at the BBC

Post-graduate programmes

Most post-graduate programmes in broadcast journalism cover television, radio and multimedia. Some universities still maintain specialist MA programmes in specific media such as Goldsmiths, University of London that runs a separate MA in Radio and MA in Television Journalism. Both are separately accredited by the BJTC and specialise in radio and television respectively.

BJTC accredited postgraduate broadcast and multimedia journalism one year programmes:

BJTC, 20 Station Rd, Gerrards Cross SL9 8EL

Tel: 0845 600 8789

Email: sec@bjtc.org.uk

It is also the case that the NCTJ accredits some university broadcasting and multimedia programmes such as the Centre for Journalism at Kent University.