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News AssociatesNCTJ Diploma in Multimedia Journalism

News Associates was named the number one journalism course in the UK by the National Council for the Training of Journalists in 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018.

News Associates – which is based in London and Manchester – was also recognised for our top-ranked fast-track courses in 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018.

And we have been the top-performing NCTJ journalism course in London for 11 straight years.

We run a series of courses with intakes in February and September.

– Fast-track (22 weeks, full-time, Monday-Friday, one day a week on work placement)
– Part-time (40 weeks, Saturdays and one night a week, either Monday or Wednesday)
– Academic year (Monday-Friday, one day a week on work placement)

There is the option to specialise in sports journalism on all courses.

With ‘gold-standard’ pass rates of 100%, 91%, 83% and 81% our courses in London and Manchester make up four of the top five best NCTJ journalism courses in the UK.

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In 2017/2018, 1,756 candidates enrolled on 70 accredited courses across 37 approved centres nationwide according to the NCTJ annual report.

Of those 1,756, only 237 achieved gold standard (A-C in all modules and 100wpm shorthand) according to the NCTJ league table – making the national average gold-standard pass rate for the hugely-demanding NCTJ Diploma in Journalism 13%.

Of these 237 gold-standard trainees, 77 were trained at News Associates – meaning News Associates trained 32% of all gold-standard trainees in the UK this academic year.

Yes, we’re proud of our exam results but’s it’s our unrivalled job record and alumni network we’re most proud of. Walk into the office of any major newspaper or broadcaster and you’ll see a friendly News Associates face. And it didn’t take them long to get there. Our graduates walk into jobs at Sky News, The Daily Telegraph, The New York Times and many more.

Our tried-and-tested formula means we are the go-to course for many national news organisations. The Times, The Sunday Times, the Financial Times, The Sun, the Daily Mail and Yahoo are just some of the big names who choose us to train their journalists.


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