This qualification has been developed for people who work or intend to work as junior journalists and who seek recognition for essential competence. Recipients of this qualification are able to write a variety of journalism texts and report at entry level. The qualification is designed to be flexible and accessible to all in journalism and wishing to enter journalism after undergraduate study or equivalent experience. It allows people to write and report in accordance with the requirements of a specific media news enterprise. The core competencies lay the foundation for a person to develop a career in sub-editing, writing and/or reporting. The elective category makes provision for specialisation in a particular medium or section of a medium and entry into sub-editing, and in doing so, increases the learner`s employment possibilities.
The qualification aims to provide a bridge into the industry. Learners who qualify can be employed as junior journalists. They gather information from all media such as television, radio and newspapers, generate story ideas to present to news editors, receive and interact with story briefs, organise themselves going after stories, research backgrounds, make appointments and see people, observe, interview, judge news value, evaluate information, communicate, keep to strict deadlines, debrief, inform others, conduct follow-up meetings, develop story plans, write stories, check contexts and gaps in information, send stories to news editors, and follow-up their stories with the news editor, and plan. Competent junior journalists must be able to interact with other reporters, respect roles, have newsgathering instincts, and an insatiable curiosity.
On achieving this qualification learners are capable of:
- Collecting information for journalistic purposes.
- Reporting for a variety of general journalistic purposes.
- Writing stories for a variety of journalistic purposes.
- Interviewing for a variety of general journalistic purposes.
- Performing journalism related tasks in an editorial environment.
- Employing work-related stress management strategies.
- Improving their own performance.
- Presenting story ideas.
- Describing the implications of democracy for a diverse society.
- Contributing to information distribution regarding HIV/AIDS.In addition, qualified learners choose to become capable of:
- Sub-editing, for two specialist beats OR.
- Reporting, for a specialist beat, in two mediums OR.
- Communicating proficiently in a second language as a junior journalist.
- Managing news-related teams and their outputs OR.
- Reporting within specific community contexts.