Ban newspapers from requiring NCTJ qualification
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Most regional newspapers insist on journalists have a NCTJ qualification. This discriminates against journalists like myself, who would be unable to do a shorthand test due to having cerebral palsy, which means my handwriting is illegible. Even though I have 30 years' journalism experience in both Ireland and London, and have a reference from a solicitor testifying to the accuracy of my court coverage, newspapers insist on shorthand.
This makes no sense now that tablet devices are used in courts, and basically says that because of a condition I was born with, I am not allowed to use my skills.
It also discriminates against journalists who are not originally from the UK, as it is saying that journalism standards in, for example, Ireland, are inferior to British standards. It makes no sense given that British journalists work in Irish regional titles and that Irish journalists work in UK national newspapers.
I want to see the Government legislate to ban newspapers from requiring NCTJ, and take measures to allow experienced journalists who have been made redundant to return to the profession.
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