A reminder to all MA, Year 2 and Year 3 students sitting the NCTJ production journalism exam next Friday 25 January.

You have to bring your piece of coursework with you on the day of the exam - which should be a subbed tabloid sized newspaper page. It can't contain any agency copy - all stories on it must have been written by student journalists - i.e you or your colleagues. And each page must contain a section of News in Briefs.

I'll happily look at any coursework pages, and give general feedback next week in advance of the exam.

Meanwhile I've added a complete sample/mock exam to module notes. It would be a good idea to download the relevant files and work through them to remind yourself of each section. Again, I'll mark and give feedback next week to any student that asks.


Use the same story we submitted for the print coursework last term or do we need to write a new main story? Do we have to write at least one or can we use stories entirely from other students?

Yes you can use the stories you wrote - although there's no requirement that any of the copy should be your own. The only rule is that all the stories on your page should be written by students.

So if you have used agency copy elsewhere on your page, that will need to be replaced.

Ian Reeves is head of the Centre for Journalism

How many pages do we have to produce?


Ian Reeves is head of the Centre for Journalism

Can we use articles complied by students on other journalism courses? It's only one page correct?

Yes. And yes.

Ian Reeves is head of the Centre for Journalism

Does it matter if stories on our page are being submitted elsewhere? Can we use stories which will be going in to our (or other students') reporting portfolios??

No. Yes.

Ian Reeves is head of the Centre for Journalism


Can the NIBs be rewrites of local/national stories by other news organisations? Also, can we use pieces we've had published?

NCTJ production journalism exam, 25 January