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.

And if you have specific needs that are not met by our wide range of standing resources, we will be happy to create a bespoke training programme to fit your requirements.


Our customised e-learning platform has something for everyone. Read on for more details.

Our selection of free, bitesize resources are perfect for quick dips into key journalism skills.

  • Watch 10-minute video masterclasses on a range of subjects, from court reporting to sports journalism.
  • Take a tour of Google tools, with Google News Initiative's Nadin Raaba.
  • Test your journalism knowledge with our interactive quizzes.
  • Read expert tips on impressing at job interviews and pitching to editors.

For those looking to develop or refresh their skills at their own pace, our structured e-courses are ideal. All offer an interactive experience, encouraging you to test your knowledge as your progress through the carefully designed stages of the course. Subjects covered include verification and fact-checking, media law and writing for the web.

Study towards NCTJ qualifications as an e-learner.

  • For those looking for an introduction to journalism's fundamentals, there is the Certificate in Foundation Journalism (CFJ), which is assessed without exams.
  • The NQJ is designed for those who have been in the job for at least a year, usually with the Diploma in Journalism under their belt. Prove your higher level skills and stand out from the crowd.

Our entry-level qualification, the Diploma in Journalism, will also be available for e-learning via the Journalism Skills Academy in early 2021.

In person classes and courses

The NCTJ offers a wide range of ‘live’ courses, led by experts in the field. Due to the current restrictions resulting from the coronavirus pandemic, all scheduled and bespoke courses are being run via video conferencing platforms (typically Zoom).

To see a full list of the courses we offer, and upcoming dates, please click here.

If you are studying for your Diploma in Journalism or NQJ we have specific refresher classes designed to suit you as you prepare for exams. Click here to find out more.

We are happy to work with individual or corporate clients to develop a bespoke training programme to meet your specific needs. Please contact our head of partnerships and projects, Will Gore, for more details.

“The NCTJ recognises that if you don’t skill up you may as well give up.

"Journalists aren’t just reporting on an ever-changing world but, like everyone else, having constantly to adapt to it.

“New platforms, new audience opportunities, expectations and demands, new formats, new technological innovations: here’s the chance to engage, learn and improve. And that’s surely what good journalists should always seek to do.” 

- Gavin Allen, head of news output, BBC

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The NCTJ is grateful to the Google News Initiative for its support.