Fast-track multimedia journalism diploma – News Associates Manchester

News Associates has won top fast-track course by the National Council for the Training of Journalists for the last eight years.

This highly practical course is taught in the News Associates newsrooms in the heart of Manchester and London and is a full-time commitment which aims to prepare all trainees for life as a journalist.

If breaking news hits we scrap the timetable and get you working as journalists for our publications Mancunian Matters and South West Londoner. Our trainees have covered royal weddings, terror attacks, general elections and much more across print, digital and broadcast platforms.

Working closely with national news organisations including The Times and Sunday Times, 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% of all gold-standard journalists who trained in the UK in the 2019-20 academic year studied with us.

News Associates’ practical and dedicated approach to teaching sets us apart from other training providers, earning us the Innovation of the Year award at the 2020 NCTJ Awards for Excellence.

NCTJ elective modules offered:

  • Journalism for a digital audience
  • Media law court reporting
  • Public affairs for journalists
  • Shorthand

Job destinations of recent graduates include:

  • HuffPost UK
  • Red magazine
  • Sky News and Sky Sports News
  • TalkSPORT
  • The Guardian
  • The Times and The Sunday Times
  • VICE
  • 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, The Times

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