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ACADEMY FOR DISABLED JOURNALISTS

 

** Upon request to give applicants more time to write their submission piece we have decided to extend the deadline for a few more days.  Applications will now close at 5pm 21st April 2022 **

 

* LIMITED SPACES AVAILABLE SO MAKE YOU APPLICATION COUNT *

 

Ability Today is launching the third year of our Academy for Disabled Journalists (ADJ) in partnership with the National Council for the Training of Journalists (NCTJ), all delivered in a fully inclusive and accessible environment.

This is an innovative partnership with the NCTJ to provide online tailored access to their Certificate in Foundation Journalism (CFJ) subsidised by the National Lottery.

If you have a disability and are in receipt of DLA or PIP you will be eligible to apply for the course. If you are not in receipt of DLA or PIP, a Doctor/Consultant letter confirming your medical condition will suffice. Please get in touch if you have further questions.

All applications must be submitted by the 21st April, 2022.

All successful & unsuccessful applicants will be notified by 29th April, 2022.

Weekly online sessions will commence at 11am on the 5th May, 2022. All sessions are recorded for future reference and revision. Students will be required to attend the majority of the classes online via Zoom, however we do understand that due to illness / doctors appointments / long term health conditions / work commitments this may not always be possible.

We are here to support you on your journey.

THE ACADEMY FOR DISABLED JOURNALISTS RUN BOTH CFJ & DIPLOMA COURSES.

APPLICATIONS FOR THE NEXT NCTJ LEVEL 5 DIPLOMA IN JOURNALISM COURSE WILL OPEN SUMMER 2022 TO START AUTUMN 2022

 

 

 

Click link below to apply for the next CFJ Course:

AbilityToday.com/enrol-academy

 

 

 

 

COURSE INFORMATION:

This course is an A-level equivalent qualification providing an introduction to journalism. It may be used as a first step for candidates considering a career in journalism or by those wishing to develop their journalistic skills for a specific purpose.  

The course will be delivered by experienced NCTJ tutors and will be a mix of webinar-based tutorials and coursework.

The current course will run over a 6 month period starting 5th May 2022.  We have worked closely with the NCTJ to devise a course which will enable students with a wide range of abilities to participate and gain a valuable qualification. Students will have up to 3 years to complete the course and submit all assignments allowing time for hospital visits or other personal reasons.

The structure of the online and webinar-based course includes 150 guided learning hours (which is 26 weeks of 1.5 hour webinars) and 100 hours of self-study (this includes revision/assessments).

All online sessions have a live stenographer providing Streamtext and a transcript will be available post session. We are aware that some students have a preference for BSL and we are currently seeking funding to provide this in the future. The sessions are also recorded for later revision and reference.

You will be required to complete assignments throughout the course that will be externally assessed.  In addition to the weekly lessons and webinars there will be one-to-one tutorials at the end of each module.  All webinars will be filmed and made available online for anyone that misses a session. Access will be available for the period of the course.  

Partnering with the NCTJ and with funding from the National Lottery has allowed us to run subsidised courses made available and uniquely delivered to people with disabilities.  Providing a one a kind opportunity to study from home and gain a qualification in journalism. 

Our Academy will provide students with the unique ability to develop and hone their journalistic skills and deliver their content directly to our targeted audience. 

 

Membership to our Academy will include the following benefits:

  • Unique Access to The NCTJ Level 3 Certificate in Foundation Journalism
  • Exclusive and unique webinar based tutorial content (40 + hours)
  • Masterclasses delivered by prominent industry leaders 
  • Access to NCTJ’s CFJ Resource Portal 
  • End of Module 30 minute 1 to 1 Tutorial
  • Student Press Pass provided by the NUJ

Course requirements:

  • Laptop / Computer
  • Internet connection
  • Smartphone for audio recording and filming
  • Zoom application for tutorials
  • Word Processing software (MS Word / Google Docs)
  • The Academy's NCTJ Level 3 Certificate in Foundation Journalism is suitable for those aged 18+ and educated to GCSE level 

 

 

Click link below to apply for the next CFJ Course:

AbilityToday.com/enrol-academy

 

 

 

For further information on the Certificate in Foundation Journalism click here for the NCTJ website:

https://www.nctj.com/journalism-qualifications/Certificate-in-Foundation-Journalism

The qualification is designed to give a wide variety of uses within the community; whether as a community reporter or contributor, blogger or those wishing to use journalism as a way to draw attention to specific community issues.

It can be offered through a range of providers: schools and colleges; evening classes and short courses. Achievement of the qualification attracts a UCAS tariff of 16 points which may be used towards accessing higher education degree courses.

To gain the Level 3 Certificate in Foundation Journalism, students must complete five mandatory units and 6 additional units. The following options have been chosen by Ability Today and the NCTJ as being the most appropriate for this unique course:

Mandatory units:

  • Gathering information
  • How to tell a news story
  • Recording information
  • Legal and ethical considerations for journalists
  • Writing for digital media

Additional units:

  • Using Video to tell a Story
  • Using Audio to tell a Story 
  • Taking Photographs Suitable for Publication
  • Feature Writing 
  • Writing for a specific purpose 
  • Community Radio News gathering 
  • How Society Works
  • Finding & Using Data
  • History of News
  • Writing review & comment articles

Successful study at foundation level is likely to give candidates a “head start” when it comes to studying for an apprenticeship and/or the Diploma in Journalism.

The true cost of this inclusive course is over £2,000 per student, with the support of the National Lottery we are able to reduce this cost to £199 inc VAT per student. 

For more information on NCTJ Certificate in Foundation Journalism Qualification:

https://abilitytoday.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/Certificate-in-Foundation-Journalism-qualification-specification.pdf

For more information about the Academy for Disabled Journalists or Ability Today  please email info@abilitytoday.com with your details.

 

THE ACADEMY FOR DISABLED JOURNALISTS RUN BOTH CFJ & DIPLOMA COURSES

APPLICATIONS FOR THE NEXT NCTJ LEVEL 5 DIPLOMA IN JOURNALISM COURSE WILL OPEN SUMMER 2022 TO START AUTUMN 2022

 

Apply to become a member of The Academy for Disabled Journalists

 

 

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