Certificate in Foundation Journalism

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Welcome to the Certificate in Foundation Journalism (CFJ). Below, you will see a introduction to the qualification and then a list of units. Once you have purchased a unit, work your way through the course. 
You can mark your progress by checking off these icons: on the left-hand side of the course.

At the end of each course, you will find a series of assessments to complete. 

You can submit your completed unit for assessment to the NCTJ at any time. Assessments are marked four times a year. The next deadline for submissions is 25 June 2021. 

The cost of your first submission is included in your purchase of each unit. Resubmissions of assessments cost £13.50 (inc VAT). If you wish to resubmit your assessment for a unit, please fill out the form here



An introduction to the Certificate in Foundation Journalism

This is an introduction course. It's not assessed, and will introduce you to how the Certificate in Foundation Journalism works

Gathering information

The aim of this unit is for candidates to demonstrate valid techniques for carrying out journalistic research and interviews.

Recording information

The aim of this unit is to understand the best and most appropriate ways to record information.

How to tell a news story

The aim of this unit is to enable the production of accurate news stories for publication.

Legal and ethical considerations

The aim of this unit is for candidates to have a general awareness of the law as it affects journalists and how to operate in an ethical manner within any relevant regulations.

Writing for digital media

The aim of this unit is to understand how to successfully use digital media for journalistic purposes.

How to use the English language for journalists

The aim of this unit is to understand how to use the English language accurately for the purposes of journalism.

Using the English language for maximum effect

The aim of this unit is to develop a strong use of English for the purposes of journalism.

Writing for a specific purpose

The aim of this unit is to learn how to write newsletters and press releases.

Feature writing

The aim of this unit is to understand how to research and create engaging features.

How society works

The aim of this unit is to explain how Britain is governed at central, devolved and local government levels.

Using video to tell a story

The aim of this unit is to learn how to shoot video to tell a news story.

Using audio to tell a story

The aim of this unit is to learn how to use audio recordings for the purposes of journalism.

Taking photographs suitable for publication

The aim of this unit is to learn how to take photographs suitable for publication.

Finding and using data

The aim of this unit is to understand easily accessible forms of data and how to use the information for journalistic purposes.

Sports reporting

The aim of this unit is to understand major UK sports and how to successfully report matches.

Review and comment articles

The aim of this unit is to learn how to write reviews and comment articles.

The history of news

The aim of this unit is to understand the ways in which news have changed over the centuries.

Community radio newsgathering

The aim of this unit is to understand key principles of being a community radio newsgatherer.

CFJ materials for Ability Today

For members of Ability Today's Academy for Disabled Journalists