Our unique approach to part-time training means you don’t have to put everything on hold to complete the essential NCTJ qualification. We understand your studies have to fit in around demanding work, earning an income, family commitments, and perhaps even having a social life.
Our flexible approach makes this possible, with lessons on one weekday evening (offered both in person and remotely) and all day on Saturdays (in person only), with shorthand lessons offered on Monday evenings (remote only).
As well as timetabled lessons, we will ensure we equip you with the experience, skills, and impressive portfolio to walk into any journalism job.
If breaking news hits we scrap the timetable and get you working as journalists for our in-house publications – South West Londoner, South East Londoner, North West Londoner and North East Londoner. 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
- PR and communications for journalists
- Public affairs for journalists
- Shorthand for journalists
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
I look back on my time at News Associates so fondly. The tutors really ignited my love of journalism and made me feel like a career in national newspapers and magazines was within reach. They go above and beyond to help you hone your skills and instil you with confidence, which is just invaluable. I miss it! But I use so much of what I learned at NA every day, so it's never far away.Meena Alexander, Stylist