Sharpen your journalism skills

The NCTJ offers a mixture of e-learning courses, which you can do at your own pace, and ‘live’ courses – taught remotely at present. If you can’t find what you’re looking for below, please contact us to discuss a bespoke programme.


For those looking to develop or refresh their skills at their own pace, our custom-built digital courses are ideal. Each is focussed on a discrete subject and all offer an interactive experience, encouraging you to test your knowledge as your progress through the carefully designed stages of the course.

All our courses have been developed with industry experts and are designed for self-study, taking as much time as you wish. They are not assessed and do not lead to formal qualifications. 

Free courses currently offered:

  • IPSO - we've partnered with IPSO to offer a course to act as a guide to the work of IPSO, and to  the requirements of the Editors' Code of Practice. Enrol free now.
  • Reporting Polls - we've partnered with the British Polling Council and the Market Research Society to guide journalists through how to read, interpret and report on polling data. Enrol free now.

Other subjects currently covered are as follows:

  • Fact checking and verification. Created in partnership with the UK's independent fact checking organisation, Full Fact. Price: £48 +VAT
  • The essentials of media law. Get up to date with libel, privacy, data protection and copyright to ensure you avoid those legal traps. Price: £45 +VAT
  • Writing for the web. From From headlines and body copy, to seo tips and blogging, this course will improve your approach to digital story-telling. Price: £45 +VAT

Enrol now

'Live' courses

The NCTJ also offers a wide range of ‘live’ courses, led by industry experts, all of which are designed to help you develop your professional skills – suitable both for journalists and those in related industries (eg communications and PR). 

Due to the current restrictions resulting from the coronavirus pandemic, all scheduled and bespoke courses are being run via video conferencing platforms (typically Zoom).

Book now onto a scheduled course listed below.

If you can't see anything scheduled that meets your needs, please take a look at the full list of courses we deliver in our side menu and contact us to enquire. 

If you would like us to develop a bespoke training programme for you or your company, we can do so either by tailoring the options below, or creating something completely unique. Group discounts are available and for more information please contact our head of partnerships and projects, Will Gore.

Scheduled courses

More Details Editing skills masterclass: Engaging your readers Date: 19th January 2022
Time: 10am-12.30pm
More Details Editing skills masterclass: Story structure and grammar Date: 20th January 2022
Time: 10am-12.30pm
More Details Feature writing masterclass Date: 25th January 2022
Time: 17.30 - 20.00
More Details Data journalism masterclass Date: 2nd February 2022
Time: 5-7pm
More Details Media Law Masterclass Date: 17th February 2022
Time: 10am-12.30pm
More Details How to break into freelance journalism Date: 24th February 2022
Time: 10.00am - 12.30pm
More Details Digital journalism: masterclass Date: 31st March 2022
Time: 5.00pm - 7.30pm