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News Associates – Diploma in Multimedia Journalism

News Associates was named the UK’s top fast track and top overall journalism course by National Council for the Training of Journalists in December 2015.

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

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

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

We take pride in our award-winning training and we have worked hard to become Britain’s biggest and best NCTJ journalism school.

You will find our trainees making their mark on the front pages of our national newspapers, presenting and reporting on Sky News, working internationally for some of the most respected names in journalism from Reuters and Agence France Presse and producing cutting-edge multimedia features for Vice and Huffington Post.

The national pass rate for the hugely demanding gold-standard NCTJ Diploma in Multimedia Journalism was 25% in 2013/2014.

In the same academic year, News Associates’ combined pass rate across our centres in London and Manchester for our fast-track courses was once again over 80%.

In London – where we have been the best performing journalism school for the eight years – our fast-track pass mark is more than 40% higher than the next London based course on the results tables published in December 2014.

In 2013/2014, at 80 NCTJ-accredited courses around the United Kingdom, 388 people achieved the gold standard NCTJ Diploma in Journalism – secured by A-C grades in all modules and the industry standard 100 words per minute at shorthand.

Over a third of these, 37%, were trained at the six NCTJ-accredited courses run by News Associates in London and Manchester.

This means we boast an unrivalled network of successful trainees, meaning that whatever newsroom you find yourself in, you’ll never be far from a News Associates alumni, ready to give you advice as you take your first steps into the industry.

Applications for the course can be made online –

In addition, throughout the year, News Associates runs regular journalism workshops – provided free of charge – where you can meet tutors, reporters and editors and get a bit of practical journalism experience.

For further information e-mail or visit Alternatively, call 0870 445 0155 to speak directly to our admissions team.