Working for the NCTJ

The NCTJ has a dedicated team of staff based in a converted granary in the lovely North Essex village of Newport, near Saffron Walden. We have a friendly working environment with a team-working and goal-orientated culture.

Everyone is very committed to the organisation's values, achieving high standards and implementing new ways of working. All staff are flexible in their approach and adaptable to change. As a charity, we are cost conscious and efficient. We take great care over recruitment and training as we regard our staff as vital to our success.

The NCTJ is an equal opportunities employer and is an Investor in People.

We also employ examiners and rely on volunteers who are committed to professional journalism and our charitable activities.

Become an examiner

The NCTJ is keen to recruit individuals with an experienced journalistic background to join our wide team of examiners.

If you are interested in helping to ensure journalism training standards are maintained in line with industry requirements and can give us a commitment to provide a worthwhile service to young trainees, then we would like to hear from you.

Key skills required for an examiner are: attention to detail; speed and accuracy; good organisational skills; concentration and rigour; patience and consistency.

Examiners are provided with guidance and training and there is a comprehensive support network throughout our marking teams. Led by chief examiners, you will mark sample scripts and be given a mentor to guide you through the marking process.

Liaising with our quality and assessment manager and examinations controllers, exam scripts will be allocated to you with a completion deadline. Moderators ensure consistency of standards across all markers and will provide you with constructive feedback each time you mark.

Fees are paid for the marking carried out and payment depends on the level and number of scripts you mark.

If you would like to be considered please forward your CV to: Rachel Manby, quality and assessment manager.

Confirmation of appointment is subject to satisfactory completion of sample marking.


Experienced journalists are also needed to assist with the delivery of the NCTJ’s professional qualification – the National Qualification in Journalism (NQJ). If you are interested in taking part, please contact Andy Summers, examinations controller responsible for the NQJ.

Editors are invited to join accreditation panels on visits to NCTJ course providers. If you would like to have an involvement in assessing the industry’s training standard, please contact Jan Alder, PA to chief executive.