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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, 2018 and 2019.

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, 2018 and 2019.

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 Wednesday evenings)
– Sports journalism (35 weeks, full-time, four days a week, one day a week on work placement)

In the academic year 2018/19 News Associates’ gold-standard pass rate was 79% higher than the UK average.

According to the NCTJ 2018-2019 annual report 1,552 people enrolled to sit their Diploma in Journalism exams across 63 accredited courses at 36 centres, and 230 of them achieved gold standard (A-C in all modules and 100wpm shorthand) – making the national average 15%.

Of those 230 gold-standard trainees, 77 were trained at News Associates – meaning News Associates trained 33% of all gold-standard journalists in the UK last year.

News Associates was named the UK’s number one NCTJ journalism school at the 2019 NCTJ Awards for Excellence with a 94% gold-standard pass mark.

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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