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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The teaching I received was second to none and despite having no experience whatsoever in journalism, the tutors made sure there was a friendly environment where I felt welcome to ask any questions I needed. I was able to finish the course and go into a job working for The Sun.

Olivia Allhusen
, Junior Journalist
, The Sun

I made amazing friends, amazing memories and now it has led me to an amazing job which I never would have gotten without my time at Press Association.  

Holly Bishop
, Digital Reporter
, GB News

I really could not recommend Press Association enough to anyone who is looking to jump into the fascinating world of journalism. The course equips you with all the necessary skills you need to enter the industry and the wide range of topics covered leaves it hard for you to ever feel bored.

Holly Bishop
, Digital Reporter
, GB News

The lifelike interview settings and tasks that PA Media Training deal in replicate perfectly the real-world feel of a tough media interview and help the delegates come out of the day feeling much more confident that they can play an active role in representing their organisation.

Transport for London
, Director of Communications & Corporate Affairs

PA Media Training were efficient, well organised and genuinely lovely people to deal with and, importantly for us, able to provide flexibility around our needs to create the bespoke training we required. I wouldn’t hesitate to use them for further training or to recommend them to other organisations.

Mayor of London’s Press Office
, Head of Media

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 

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