Episode 24

Published on:

24th Mar 2021

Training and qualifications

In this episode we speak to two freelance journalists, one who has no formal journalism training and the other who studied on an NCTJ accredited degree.

Anna Turns, a freelance environmental journalist, talks to us about her self-taught route into journalism and how each turn of her career informed her storytelling.  Chandni Sembhi, a freelance digital journalist, who runs So you want to be a journalist? Instagram account, discusses how her university course gave her confidence to start out in journalism. 

The Guests

Chandni Sembhi

Instagram: @soyouwanttobeajournalist

Twitter: @chandnisembhi

Anna Turns 

Twitter: @AnnaTurns

Website: https://www.environmentaljournalist.co.uk/


Mark Grist podcast http://www.markgrist.com/markcantrap

Lily Canter research examining the value of accredited journalism courses:





National Council for the Training of Journalists (NCTJ) accredited courses 


NCTJ qualifications (incl. diploma and national qualification in journalism)


Masters in print journalism


The Broadcast Journalism Training Council (BTJC) accredited courses


Professional Publishers Association (PPA) https://www.ppa.co.uk/

News associates course https://newsassociates.co.uk/

Freelancing for Journalists training course 


National Union of Journalists (NUJ)  training courses 


Guild of food writers http://www.gfw.co.uk/

Women in Journalism training 


International Women’s Day Webinar with Terri White and Jane Garvey


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About the Podcast

Freelancing for Journalists
Lifting the lid on freelance life. Experienced freelance journalists Lily Canter and Emma Wilkinson guide you through everything you need to know about working for yourself. From where to get work, to how to get paid and everything in between.

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