How the NCTJ proved that asking the wrong question is one of the most basic fact-finding failings

“Asking the right question, that’s the key to journalism.” It’s one of the many pieces of advice I received from the experienced and wise old hands who mentored me during my first job as a trainee reporter on the Citizen series in Lancashire in the late 1990s.

It came to mind again today when I read the NCTJ’s report “Review of the NCE” which concluded that evolution, not revolution, was what was required. Which must be a relief to everyone at the NCTJ.

The question which appears to have stoked most debate was the one which asked editors to rank, on a scale of one to six, how important they found various reporting elements.

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