Short Courses

Industry-leading short course training in journalism, PR and communications, content creation, and digital storytelling.

Welcome to PA Media Academy, a leading training centre for journalism, communications, and content professionals. We are the sister company to PA Media (formerly the Press Association), the national news agency for the UK and Ireland.

At PA, we teach what we know best: news and news-based communications, writing and editing, content creation and digital storytelling across multiple platforms. In an age of AI, these skills have never mattered more.

Our courses will equip you with the sector-relevant knowledge you need to succeed, whether you’re early in your career, already making strides in the media, or ready to take your next step.

PA’s interactive training will encourage you to develop by putting theory into practice – building on your own skills and knowledge while learning from highly-skilled practitioners at the cutting edge of the business.

We have trained generations of journalists, as well as PR and communications professionals and content makers from companies and organisations across the public, private and third sectors. Take a look at our testimonials to see why participants trust and return to PA Media Academy to update their skills – and those of their teams.

One of the many things that sets our programmes apart is our commitment to continuous professional development (CPD), as our courses are accredited by the CPD Certification Service. This accreditation not only validates the quality and relevance of our content but also underlines our dedication to providing learners with recognised qualifications that can significantly boost their careers.

Our courses are available as bespoke training for teams, and we also run regular courses for individuals. You can see our upcoming courses and book direct here. For everything else, please do get in touch.

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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Media Training - A media training session with Bridgid Nzekwu with client PA Media.

Our Trainers

Our expert trainers are practitioners with a wide range of experience who are ready to help you take your career to the next level.

As the best in the journalism, content and communication industries, they bring first-hand experience combined with excellent training skills. PA Media Academy’s trainers are well-connected and reflect the diversity of thought and practice in our industries, ranging from professionals with decades of experience to practitioners earlier in the careers, at the cutting edge of best practice.

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What our students say

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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

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

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 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 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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