Two free places at Sutton College’s fast-track journalism course thanks to Reach PLC bursaries

Two free places on a fast-track NCTJ diploma course at Sutton College are now available thanks to new bursaries funded by Reach PLC.

The publisher, which runs a network of 70 websites providing 24/7 coverage of news, sport and showbiz stories, will not only cover course costs for two successful recipients, but will also give them privileged access to their MyLondon and football.london newsrooms throughout the course.

These weekly industry placements will give the bursary recipients unrivalled access to the inner workings of these top news brands with opportunities to interact with audiences, publish work and forge journalism contacts.

The brand new fast-track journalism course at the adult education college will run for 18 weeks from January 2020 at the campus in Wallington, south London.

The fast-paced course will equip students with the cutting-edge skills and knowledge to thrive in a digital newsroom by achieving the NCTJ diploma qualification.

As well as producing a journalism portfolio and learning essential news reporting skills including media law and ethics, students will be given industry-standard training in video journalism, public affairs, court reporting and shorthand.

Students on course will reflect the work of a professional journalist, responding to breaking news stories, taking part in live location reporting, filming, editing and learning the latest in social media techniques from experts.

Reach PLC is seeking bursary applications from local people who can’t afford the training and could bring diversity to the newsroom. The potential and passion for making a difference in journalism is a must.

Andy Worden, editor of MyLondon, said: "We're delighted to be able to support Sutton College. Journalism is an exciting and rewarding career and we want to make it accessible to as many people as possible.

"We launched MyLondon a year ago with the aim of telling stories which really matter to people across our great city. We can only do that by making sure our journalism is created by the most diverse range of voices possible, and working with Sutton College is a real privilege.

"We welcome the fact that students already recognise the potential of a career in journalism - and we're happy to help them along on their way." 

Click here for details of eligibility and how to apply. The deadline for applications is 5pm on Friday, 17 January 2020.

More information about the Sutton College course can be found here: https://www.suttoncollege.ac.uk/course/diploma-in-journalism-l3-fast-track-18-week-nctj-763000068838898