About the Journalism Skills Academy

The Journalism Skills Academy from the NCTJ is your one-stop shop for developing your skills as a journalist. Whether you have been in the trade for years, or are new to it, we have learning opportunities to suit you.

Via the JSA, which is supported by the Google News Initiative, you can study towards formal qualifications via distance learning, access free video resources, undertake short skill-specific courses and test your knowledge with our interactive quizzes. 

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Sharpen your journalism skills

For those looking to develop or refresh their skills, our custom built digital courses, live webinars and in-person sessions have you covered. These courses are suitable both for journalists and those in related industries, such as communications and PR. We can also develop bespoke training programmes to suit your needs.

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Qualifications by e-learning

Distance learning is a flexible study option, allowing students to learn at their own time and at their own pace. The NCTJ's Diploma in Journalism is the UK's premier pre-entry professional qualification. For those looking for an itnroduction to journalism, the Certificate in Foundation Journalism is the perfect place to start. Our senior level qualification, the National Qualification in Journalism, is also now available to study via e-learning.

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Free bitesize resources

We know it can be hard for journalists to find the time to update their skills, or develop new ones, in the hurly-burly of the newsroom. That’s why the Journalism Skills Academy offers an ever-expanding selection of bitesize learning resources, all of which are free to users. Resources include video masterclasses, journalism tools presentations, quizzes and careers advice.

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Exam refresher sessions

The NCTJ runs a series of refresher workshops for students and trainees preparing to sit their Diploma in Journalism exams or National Qualification in Journalism (NQJ) exams.

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