About Us

In the rapidly changing world of broadcast and multi-platform journalism, it is imperative that today’s students learn the skills that will be needed tomorrow – and that’s where the BJTC comes in.

We are a non-profit educational charity bringing together all the main multimedia broadcast employers in the UK, as well as representatives of our accredited training courses, to ensure students receive the highest professional standards of journalism training. They can be confident that when they sign up to a BJTC accredited course, they will learn the skills and gain the experience employers are looking for.

The BBC, Sky News, ITN, Channel 4 News, Associated Press, Reuters, Global radio, ITV and the National Union of Journalists are all among our industry partners.


The BJTC’s model of professional accreditation is highly valued both by industry and Higher and Further Education because it represents a benchmark of best practice against which potential students can judge prospective courses. New courses seeking
accreditation can access the BJTC guidelines to measure their progress. We do not impose a single prescriptive syllabus, rather we challenge educators to construct an offering of their own that reflects core BJTC values.

We seek to ensure that the professional training provided is based on direct practical engagement through news production days, structured work placements and professional projects, which are relevant to the operational demands of the industry, thus ensuring the highest levels of employability. Find out more about our accreditation criteria.

The BJTC is one of the largest independent journalism accreditation bodies in the UK. We currently accredit more than 50 courses at over 40 different educational institutions. This includes degrees at every level of higher education, HND, Foundation, Undergraduate and Post-graduate

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The BJTC operates from a broadly agreed and regularly updated set of Accreditation Requirements, which reflect current industry best practice and requirements.

The BJTC accredits courses, not students or institutions.

The BJTC does not impose a single prescriptive syllabus on training providers, but in contrast, invites them to define their own educational and professional objectives against which they are then judged.

The BJTC has no involvement in examinations but instead encourages institutions to set examinations and assessment regimes which reflect current best practice and industry requirements.

BJTC accreditation places no additional costs on individual students.

The BJTC is a non-profit making educational charity, deriving its income exclusively from industry sponsorship and the fees of its accreditation service.

The BJTC is overseen by a board comprising all the major broadcast employers and elected representatives of all accredited courses. Its directors are all journalists and/or educationalists with substantial experience in the media, higher education and the development and delivery of accredited courses.

The BJTC is open and collegiate in its approach to new courses, offering detailed guidance and advice to ensure they can attain accreditable standards of delivery.

The BJTC is multimedia and multiplatform in its outlook and accredits courses offering tuition across the four main media platforms – television, radio, online and print/text.

The BJTC has been actively involved in developing widely respected National Occupational Standards in association with Creative Skillset, the sector skills training body for the media.

“I have watched the BJTC develop and grow into a highly effective, efficient and credible organisation. I have welcomed the new energy and commitment to high quality journalism education which the organisation has and I have seen, first-hand, the benefit to students that the BJTC brings through work placements, industry connections, and initiatives. I believe the continued success of the BJTC relies on its ability to bring together, in partnership, educators and industry representatives."
Gail Mellors
Course Leader of the BA (Hons) Broadcast Journalism degree at Nottingham Trent University, and BJTC board member.