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News Associates – NCTJ 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, 2019, 2020 and 2021.

News Associates – which is based in London and Manchester – was also recognised for top-ranked fast-track courses in 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020 and 2021.

And we have been the top-performing NCTJ journalism course in London for 13 straight years.

We also won Innovation of the Year at the NCTJ Awards for Excellence in 2020 and 2022.

In 2022, News Associates was recognised for our trainees’ multimedia coverage of the death and funeral of Queen Elizabeth II in the first few weeks of their course – producing 142 articles in 11 days. Judges praised our coverage as ‘a highly innovative project, which turned breaking news into a fast turnaround learning environment’.

News Associates also won the innovation of the year award in its inaugural year in 2020 for adapting teaching styles and exercises for remote learning, keeping up morale for trainees and running a series of free online workshops open to everyone.

We run a series of NCTJ-accredited journalism courses with intakes across the year.

  • Full-time fast-track (22 weeks, Monday-Friday, one day a week on work placement)
  • Part-time (40 weeks, all day in person on Saturdays, hybrid on Wednesday evenings and optional remote shorthand on Monday evenings)
  • Remote part-time (18 months, every Tuesday and every other Thursday evening)
  • Sports journalism (35 weeks, Monday-Friday, one day a week on work placement)

2023 Simran Johal

In the 2019-20 academic year, 1,138 people enrolled to sit their NCTJ Diploma in Journalism exams across 59 accredited courses at 35 approved centres, and 222 of them achieved gold standard (A-C grades in all modules and 100wpm shorthand, if taken) – of which 103 trained with us. Meaning 46% of all gold-standard journalists that year trained at News Associates.

Claudia Savage

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, Reuters, VICE, the BBC and more.

Siham Ali

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 and The Telegraph are just some of the big names who choose us to train their journalists.

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For more information contact our training team directly on [email protected] or call 0203 026 3781.