News Associates’ award-winning courses accredited by the National Council for the Training of Journalists have regularly topped the league tables.
This highly practical fast-track course is taught in the News Associates newsroom in the heart of Manchester and is a full-time commitment which aims to prepare all trainees for life as a journalist.
You’ll be in the office for four days a week and are required to spend a day a week on placement to gain vital real-world experience.
If breaking news hits we scrap the timetable and get you working as journalists for our in-house publication Mancunian Matters. Just recently our trainees covered the death and funeral of Queen Elizabeth II and King Charles III’s coronation, as well as multiple local and general elections, and much more breaking news.
Working closely with national news organisations including The Times and Sunday Times, The Telegraph, the Financial Times, The Sun and Yahoo, we have a huge number of talented alumni who have landed jobs in everything from news and features to foreign affairs and showbiz.
Our impressive job record is matched by our excellent exam results – 46 per cent of all gold-standard journalists who trained in the UK in the 2019-20 academic year studied with us.
NCTJ elective modules offered:
- Data journalism
- Journalism for a digital audience
- Media law court reporting
- Public affairs for journalists
- Radio journalism
- Shorthand for journalists
- Videojournalism for digital platforms
Job destinations of recent graduates include:
- BBC News and Sport
- Grazia magazine
- Sky News and Sky Sports News
- The Athletic
- The Guardian
- The Times and The Sunday Times
- The Wall Street Journal
Studying at News Associates provided me with invaluable training that will stand me in good stead for the rest of my career. Having my NCTJ has given me all the tools I need to be a great journalist and I am so glad I have the legal and ethical training to be able to do my job well. The course really put me through my paces, but I loved it, and I made some lifelong friends along the way.Mhari Aurora, Sky News