Multimedia sports journalism diploma – News Associates Manchester

This highly practical 35-week sports journalism course is taught in the News Associates newsroom in the heart of Manchester and is designed to prepare all trainees for life as a journalist.

Delivered in association with Britain’s leading sports press agency Sportsbeat, our sports journalism course is the best of its kind, repeatedly topping the league tables.

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.

You can find our sports journalism alumni on the back pages of national newspapers, presenting and reporting on Sky Sports News, or working internationally for some of the most respected names in journalism from Reuters to Agence France-Presse.

Our sports journalism trainees cover all the same mandatory skills modules as trainees on our fast-track and part-time courses – with lots of sports journalism on top and many opportunities to cover live sporting events – so you are not pigeonholing yourself into sports journalism with this course if you don’t want to.

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 and 2022 NCTJ Awards for Excellence.

NCTJ elective modules offered:

  • Data journalism
  • Journalism for a digital audience
  • Media law court reporting
  • PR and communications for journalists
  • Public affairs for journalists
  • Shorthand for journalists
  • Sports journalism

Job destinations of recent graduates include:

  • BBC News and Sport
  • Sky News and Sky Sports News
  • TalkSPORT
  • The Athletic
  • The Guardian
  • The Times and The Sunday Times
  • The Wall Street Journal


The sports journalism course at News Associates equipped me to enter the fast-paced world of sports reporting. Along with its dedicated tutors, the course has incredible access to some of the country’s top athletes from rugby, boxing, athletics and rowing. I grabbed these opportunities with both hands and built a solid portfolio of work which I found myself presenting to employers soon after leaving the course.
Fiona Tomas, Telegraph Women’s Sport

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