NCTJ Diploma

If you want to be a journalist, there are two things that will help – a portfolio of great stories and an NCTJ Diploma in Journalism. Train with the PA Media Academy and our high standards will help you impress with both.

If you’re looking to take your first steps as a journalist, this is the qualification that will impress future editors and help you land a great job. Accredited by the National Council for the Training of Journalists, the media industry’s professional body, the Level 5 Diploma in Journalism is a highly-practical course that gives you the essential skills for being a journalist.

On our 19-week fast-track course in multimedia journalism you’ll build reporting, digital and video skills, and study media law and ethics. You’ll learn how to make notes in shorthand so you can always be first to a story, and will have the opportunity to specialise in news, sports or digital features journalism.

Our people get jobs with organisations such as The Athletic, The Sun, The Daily Mail, The BBC, LBC, The Independent, City AM, The Telegraph, the FT, Politico and the PA Media newsroom. So if you’re committed, talented and keen to be working as a journalist in less than five months, then this could be the course for you.

Alternatively, if full-time study doesn’t fit with your work or life situation right now, you can apply for our year-long part-time Diploma course. Join us for training on Saturdays and Tuesday evenings, and bag the essential skills you need to succeed as a journalist over a longer time-frame.

You’ll acquire reporting, editing, digital and video skills and gain a thorough understanding of media law and ethics. If you study on our part-time NCTJ Diploma, you’ll also spend time developing writing skills thanks to a focus on digital features and longform writing.

All our trainers are expert journalists, with many still working for leading newsrooms, broadcasters and digital publishers. Because of our unique connection with the UK and Ireland’s national news agency, you’ll also gain invaluable insights into what it’s really like to work as a journalist, what hiring editors are looking for and how your career could progress.

Why train with PA Media Academy?

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  • Newsroom connected with national and international reach
  • More than 50 years’ experience training journalists and PRs
  • All courses are expert-led by working media professionals
  • Trainers have a diversity of backgrounds and perspectives
  • Small class sizes allow for practical, interactive exercises
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training by journalists, for journalists

You’ll be taught by senior journalists who will not only give you the skills and knowledge you need to do well in your exams, but also to thrive in a media organisation and build your career.

We know what editors value, so our courses are intensely practical and you’ll gain hands-on experience through live news days, trips to the courts, interviewing and breaking news exercises. You might even play a supporting role in the PA Media newsroom during elections and big events.

You’ll receive the feedback, encouragement and guidance you need to get your career off to a flying start.

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What our students say

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Being equipped with an NCTJ Diploma does massive favours for your future, and the skills the course taught me are ones I lean on every single day. The simple fact is, I wouldn’t be where I am without that course. 

Alex Barker
, Videographer & Presenter
, The Athletic

My time at PA Training was a whirlwind of fun and excitement. The full-time NCTJ course in London is fast-paced and hard work but perfectly sets you up for what to expect in a reporter role.

Camilla Foster
, Reporter
, Newsquest

It’s a great place to make connections – networking with teachers, guest speakers and fellow students can be key to gaining advice or even job opportunities during and after the course. 

James Saunders
, Digital News Reporter
, GB News 

The methods and techniques you learn (and apply) on a daily basis through teaching, coursework and eventually exams crop up again and again in both job applications and jobs themselves – the course content is directly relevant to the realities of the industry. 

James Saunders
, Digital News Reporter
, GB News

What a great session we had on Communicating with Impact. Bridgid shared practical techniques to enhance and develop our communications skills so we can present and speak publicly or to senior stakeholders with confidence and impact.  I speak for my whole team in highly recommending Bridgid Nzekwu if you are after effective and fun communication training.

, Group Legal Director, Corporate Commercial & Compliance

I learned to write concise articles and features, while developing my skills in social media, interviewing sources, and producing stories for an increasingly online audience. The course has allowed me to start a full-time journalism career.

Jonathan Moynihan
, Social Media Producer
, Forces News

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