Why Choose Us?

Trainees practising their shorthand

Quite simply, our courses offer you the best chance of achieving your ambition of being a journalist. The Press Association is the national news agency of the UK and Ireland and its journalism has an unrivalled reputation.

Since 1969, when our first training course was set up in Newcastle, we have enjoyed a long tradition as the starting point for the careers of many of the UK’s leading journalists.

Our magazine course has been running for more than 25 years and many of the UK's leading magazine journalists and editors are graduates of this intensive programme.

But we don't rest on our laurels. In a changing world, we introduce you to the movers and shakers in the industry, helping you to grasp the requirements of the digital age, as well as age-old skills, such as shorthand, which are as in demand by editors as ever.

Training as a journalist is no walk in the park. There will be times when you are asked to step outside your comfort zone. You will learn about complex areas of law and government, embark on practical tasks at a moment's notice, make presentations and write stories quickly for publication in the press. But at the end of it, you will have gone well beyond your expectations to realise your potential as a reporter.

Our courses can help you become the fully rounded journalist you need to be to compete in today's industry. A lot of things have changed since 1969, but our trainees continue to thrive in publications across the country and abroad. Why not join them?

Autumn 2017 - The final day of the course

MP Jess Phillips giving an enlightening talk to trainees

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Trainees practising their shorthand

MP Jess Phillips giving an enlightening talk to trainees


Daniel Davies

"The PA’s fast-track journalism course isn’t a simple taught course. It’s a collaboration between you and journalists with years of experience. From day one you’ll be treated like a professional journalist, and given all the tools you need to be a success in the industry, so your real role is, with the help of the tutors, to decide what type of journalist you want to be and how far down the rabbit hole you want to go."

Daniel Davies // Deputy Editor, Factor Magazine.

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