What trainees said about the course

Read the great things our former trainees have said about our three courses and what it meant for their careers

Rhian Lubin

Rhian Lubin - "I can see why it’s the best course in the country. I’ll never forget it.”

“I had no idea that I would learn so much in 17-weeks and come away feeling (almost!) ready for work. I have met some wonderful, talented people on this course and the tutors have been so supportive – and such a laugh. I can see why it’s the best course in the country. I’ll never forget it.”

Rhian Lubin // Reporter, Daily Mirror

Tom Newton-Dunn

Tom Newton-Dunn - "I learned the craft of news reporting at Newcastle from some fantastic professionals, whose wisdom I have always kept with me."

"I learned the craft of news reporting at Newcastle from some fantastic professionals, whose wisdom I have always kept with me. Their same skills and principles - so powerfully imparted - always apply, whether it's on a cold and miserable celebrity doorstep, a conflict zone of Iraq or Afghanistan, or Westminster's corridors of power. Being bang in the middle of a raw and vibrant city in the North East is also fantastic place to try to hone those fledgling skills."

Tom Newton-Dunn // Political Editor, The Sun

Ben Woods

Ben Woods -​ “The time in Newcastle turned into some of the toughest and most rewarding experiences I have had."

“There were plenty of late nights poring through local government and media law textbooks. Shorthand seemed impossible, and was made all the more worse when other trainees seemed to pick it up like a forgotten language.

“What made the course so enjoyable was the fact that you were treated like a professional journalist from the start. You were expected to work a news patch, build contacts, and, if you were lucky, you would be rewarded by seeing your stories appear in the daily newspapers linked to the college, the Newcastle Chronicle and The Journal. It certainly stoked up plenty of competition among the trainees.

“You were also regaled with stories of ex-pupils who went on to become big-hitters on national newspapers - some of which came back to talk to us while we were studying. There was a real sense that you were not only entering a great profession, but following in the footsteps of your heroes."

Ben Woods // Chief City Correspondent, Press Association

Nils Pratley

Nils Pratley - "There's nothing quite like the buzz of covering news events"

"Journalism? It beats working for a living, an old boss of mine used to say. There's nothing quite like the buzz of covering news events. I took the PMA postgrad course in 1990, got a reporting job immediately afterwards on a trade mag, Retail Week, and moved to the Daily Telegraph two years later. I've worked for three other nationals in a variety of roles since. The principles of journalism I learned at PMA all those years ago still hold true; better still, you are taught how to put them into practice."

Nils Pratley // Financial Editor, The Guardian

George Martin

George Martin "The intensity of the training programme is the perfect preparation for being thrown in at the deep end at a national paper."

“The course has been invaluable in helping me find a job and I would highly recommend it for anyone looking to get more serious about a career in journalism.

"I learnt so much during my 17 weeks at PA, both in terms of technique and also from the myriad of successful journalists who came in to talk to us.

"The intensity of the training programme is the perfect preparation for being thrown in at the deep end at a national paper. Within minutes of starting work I found myself applying the legal theory which had been painstakingly memorised for the NCTJ exams.

"There were plenty of late nights and stressful moments, but I can honestly say it has all been worth it.”

George Martin // Daily Star, News Reporter

Larisa Brown

Larisa Brown - "The success of those people who had the pleasure to be taught by the tutors in Newcastle is testimony to the quality of teaching."

"From my experience, the 17-week course prepares students far better for a job in journalism than a year-long masters, with far more practical, hands-on work experience and a focus on those skills essential for a national newspaper.

"Those skills were not just shorthand - which is a must - or the technique of writing to a national standard, but also the ability to transform snippets of information into hard-hitting news stories.

"Those running the course went above and beyond their role by endeavouring to help myself and others to secure a place on a graduate scheme, even though the Daily Mail application process was long after completing the training.

"The success of those people who had the pleasure to be taught by the tutors in Newcastle is testimony to the quality of teaching."

Larisa Brown // Defence Correspondent, Daily Mail

Cath Murray

Cath Murray - "If you are dedicated to making it in the world of journalism, this is probably one of the best places to start."

"In addition to preparing us well for the NCTJ exams, the main plus-point of the PA course was its tutors. They have an exceptional core team, who genuinely cared about helping us to find the right internships and first jobs that would help us build our career prospects.

"The course was thorough and fast-paced, and is not for the faint-hearted. But if you are dedicated to making it in the world of journalism, this is probably one of the best places to start.

"Located within a world-class news agency, we benefitted from being at the heart of the news-distribution business - gaining a valuable understanding of its functioning. Lectures from experts throughout the news business or legal establishment were consistently inspiring.

"While many hours were spent in the classroom, an effort was made to make this interactive, mixing lectures with tutorial groups, mock interviews and newsroom simulations to prepare us for the world of journalism.

"They expect you to work hard, so don't apply for this course if you aren't able to focus on it pretty exclusively for four months. Having said this, they were also understanding of genuine extenuating circumstances, and made sure to provide catch-up material so that no-one fell behind.

"The tutor-to-student ratio was high, meaning that there was a possibility of building mentor relationships, if this is what you were looking for.

"My pre-application advice would be to immerse yourself in the news and study the papers. Once the course starts, time is your most precious commodity and you will wish you had prepared yourself better."

Cath Murray // Managing Editor, Netmums

Jack Hardy

Jack Hardy - ​"Six months into my first journalism job and I struggle to think of anything the Newcastle PA course failed to prepare me for."

"I'm six months into my first journalism job and I struggle to think of anything the Newcastle PA course failed to prepare me for.

"Everything we learnt was made to fit effortlessly in to 17 weeks. It was impressively comprehensive - leaving me confident in doing everything from court reporting to play reviews - but not remotely rushed.

"The tutors are as integral to the course as the modules themselves. Their support and expertise are an invaluable asset to any aspiring reporter.

I made some fantastic friends and was lucky enough to get a great job as a result of this course, I thoroughly recommend it to anyone considering a career in journalism."

Jack Hardy // Trainee reporter, Press Association

Dave Clark

Dave Clark - "I still fall back on my training every day, and I'm the envy of my colleagues and rivals when I jot down soldiers' quotes in T-line in the back of an APC rolling through Basra"

"Working around the world for AFP, from the wreckage of post-earthquake Haiti to the billionaires' economic summit in Davos, I've met and worked with graduates of some of the biggest journalism schools in Paris and New York. None of them, however, had as good a grounding as I received at PA Newcastle in news gathering basics: pointed questioning, tight writing; and fast shorthand."

"I still fall back on my training every day, and I'm the envy of my colleagues and rivals when I jot down soldiers' quotes in T-line in the back of an APC rolling through Basra or dictate a snappy intro by phone from a champagne reception at the Monaco royal wedding."

Dave Clark // Diplomatic correspondent, AFP

Kathryn Riddell

​Kathryn Riddell - It's hard to believe how much you learn in 17 short weeks, and although the work can be intense, it was also so much fun.

"It's hard to believe how much you learn in 17 short weeks, and although the work can be intense, it was also so much fun.

"You are prepared from the very first day in all of the many skills you need to use as a journalist and as well as being taught knowledge needed for exams, you're also given so much practical experience, which is one of the reasons I chose the course in the first place.

"There's no better way to learn than having a go in real life and we did that on our individual patches once a week.

"We were all expected to find stories on our own, which is daunting at first but is such essential experience and there is plenty of support from all the tutors.

"The job prospects are also great, with CV help and tutors trying their best to get you into employment as soon as possible.

"I'm really enjoying my new job and I felt confident from the start thanks to everything I've learnt on the course."

Kathryn Riddell // Live blog reporter, The Chronicle

Jemma Crew

Jemma Crew - "Doing the Newcastle course was the best thing I ever did."

"The Newcastle course was 17 weeks of unrelenting work, practical challenges and fun. The tutors packed an extraordinary amount in, but it never got too much - Paul and Garry's jokes saw to that!

"We were treated like professionals rather than students from day one, and were regularly pitching stories to the news desk upstairs. There were also chances to shift at the Chronicle, Journal and Sunday Sun which gave everyone first-hand experience of what an average day in a newsroom is like (there is no such thing!). If you work hard and follow the tutors' advice then you will thrive.

"Doing the course was the best decision I ever made. I'm now lucky enough to have my dream job as a multimedia reporter on PA's London graduate scheme. I'm so proud of what my friends and I achieved during the course and immensely grateful to the course tutors for their encouragement, which continues even now.

Would I do it again? In a heartbeat."

Jemma Crew // Multimedia Reporter, Press Association

Madeline Ratcliffe

Madeline Ratcliffe - ​"Without a doubt it was the Press Association’s course that gave me the edge to get my job."

"Without a doubt it was the Press Association’s course that gave me the edge to get my job. From the confidence to write to editors asking to meet, and then throw myself into the freelance opportunities offered to me, to an invaluable grounding in reporting skills and law, and endless advice over CVs and covering letters. Not to mention the fantastic, funny and endlessly patient tutors who made it a joy to go in every day and are the best part of this course. Their dedication and enthusiasm was inspiring, and while you will have to be prepared for four months of hard work and full days, they are with you every step of the way. I came away with new friends, a bulging contacts book, and the assurance to sell myself as a journalist."

Madeline Ratcliffe // Producer, Sky News

Alex Goode

Alex Goode - “The best thing about the multimedia magazine course is that it changes with the times. You’re always learning the most relevant and practical skills.”

"Learning how to be a journalist in nine weeks is incredibly intense, but the course leaves you feeling confident and well-prepared for the working world. The tutors are supportive and genuinely interested in seeing you succeed.

"The best thing about the course is that you know you’re learning useful skills that editors want and that other journalists don’t necessarily have. We’re living proof that you can master making an app, website and print magazine in just a few days, as well as learning shorthand, media law, subbing and more!

"This feels very much like a course for the modern journalist and that was reflected in the ambitious and dedicated people I spent my days with. Not only will you have the qualification under your belt, but you’ll also make friends for life."

Alex Goode // Editorial Assistant, The Jamie Oliver Group

Charlotte Duckworth

Charlotte Duckworth - "It's hard to believe that you can learn so much in such a short period of time"

"Thanks to PMA, I landed a job as a sub-editor straight after leaving, feeling confident in my skills and ability. It's hard to believe that you can learn so much in such a short period of time, but with the emphasis on practical tasks rather than endless lectures and theory, you really do pick things up quickly - and most importantly, you remember them!"

Charlotte Duckworth // Managing Editor, HousetoHome

Kaye Wiggins

Kaye Wiggins - "Fast-paced, long hours, little sleep and lots of fun"

"Fast-paced, long hours, little sleep and lots of fun: the magazine course was the prefect preparation for a career in journalism. It taught me everything I needed to hit the ground running in my first job."

Kaye Wiggins // Law and Governance Reporter, Thirdsector

Kim Megson

Kim Megson - "I was lucky enough to join an exciting new magazine as a news editor shortly after the course finished, and so far I’m loving it."

If your dream is to become a magazine journalist, I cannot recommend this course highly enough. It’s a big commitment, extremely intensive and often quite stressful, but you leave with a wide range of essential personal and professional skills, enhanced confidence and a group of friends for life. The Press Association tutors are generous with their time and support, and it makes a huge difference. I went from being frankly terrified by shorthand to really enjoying it in just a few short weeks.

The final thing to say about the course is that it really does help you find a job. I was lucky enough to join an exciting new magazine as a news editor shortly after the course finished, and so far I’m loving it. The diploma, and the wide set of multimedia skills I learnt during the course, definitely helped make this possible.

Kim Megson // News Editor, CLAD Magazine

Clara Strunck

Clara Strunck - "​The PA training course was definitely one of the best things I have ever done for my career."

"The PA training course was definitely one of the best things I have ever done for my career. The practical skills – especially shorthand, taught by the fiendish and lovely Sylvia – have turned out to be particularly important. The wonderful Andrew Knight knows everything there is to know about media law, which certainly prepared me for my first job at a national. As well as this, the course encouraged me to think of myself as a proper journalist, which meant I felt more confident pitching to big magazines and national newspapers.

"Undoubtedly one of the best things about PA, however, is the people you meet there – not only can I now count the excellent and established tutors as contacts, but also my brilliant fellow trainees, many of whom I’ve stayed in touch with.

"If you really want to pursue a career as a journalist, I would say that doing your NCTJ diploma at PA is one of the best decisions you can make. You leave qualified, confident and much more employable – and you make some great friends along the way."

Clara Strunck // Freelance Video Journalist

Tallulah Berry

Tallulah Berry - "I was told that the PA course made my CV stand out and was a factor in my success"

‘Without the PA course I certainly wouldn’t be where I am now. In the current climate choosing to be a journalist is tougher than ever but the support that each student received at PA helped us all to get that much closer to achieving our goals. I was offered a job at South West News Agency in Bristol just before the course was complete and I was told that the PA course made my CV stand out and was a factor in my success. As the course is quite intensive you will make friends for life. We have all stayed in touch and I am immensely proud to see others get jobs at top publications like The Sun and The Times.’

Tallulah Berry // BBC World Service

Olawale Kuponipe

Olawale Kuponipe - "I credit all of my journalistic knowledge and skills to the tutors and fellow journalists I met at the Press Association."

"I credit all of my journalistic knowledge and skills to the tutors and fellow journalists I met at the Press Association. It has definitely held me in good stead during my Sports traineeship at PA which I was lucky to get straight after the course. The Press Association took a chance on me and I haven't looked back since.

"As Tony Johnston said from day one, it is not for the faint-heartened and you are tested from the get go but it is certainly the best preparation for any journalist looking to succeed in the newsroom.

"At first, I felt like 17-weeks would not give me enough time to immerse myself into subjects such as Public Affairs and Shorthand but the length of course, as well as the lectures provided, efficiently prepared me for every challenge the world of journalism has thrown out at me. The hands-on, fast-paced course was a preferable option for me rather than going through a year-long masters degree.

"I was so fortunate to meet some amazing people, who I still keep in touch with and all of us have moved on to bigger things due to the guidance and important contacts from other news outlets provided on PA training course.

"The tutors and guest speakers were also invaluable in helping me build my confidence in the newsroom as their expertise and past experiences was vital in my development as a journalist.

"The modules were highly relevant to the current climate of journalism and I still refer back to my shorthand notebook and McNae textbook to help me when needed during my traineeship.

"My advice to anyone applying to the course is prepare for many sleepless nights but as long as your passionate about news, then the PA training course offer the best route into a career in journalism."

Olawale Kuponipe // Trainee Sports Journalist, PA

Sian Elvin

Sian Elvin - "I still use the skills I learned at PA in my job every single day, and it gave me a kickstart to my career with help from some really supportive tutors."

"It wasn’t until I started the NCTJ that I realised the reputation of the Press Association spoke for itself, whether I was talking to other journalists about the course, listening to high-profile speakers who came in, or when I started applying for jobs.

"This, along with the strong teaching structure of the course which gives trainees an excellent chance of passing the NCTJ diploma at a gold standard within just 17 weeks, makes me recommend the London course without hesitation.

"I still use the skills I learned at PA in my job every single day, and it gave me a kickstart to my career with help from some really supportive tutors.

"And most importantly of all, I found the course engaging, exciting and fun."

Sian Elvin // Reporter, Kent Live

Mark Edwards

Mark Edwards - "The course is very intensive but it is a lot of fun"

"The main reason why people choose this course is because you are given the tools to do the job from day one. You are then shown how best to use these new found skills.

"I am now a reporter at the Surrey Advertiser and not a day goes by when something I was taught during those 17 weeks has not been useful. On my first day in the job I was able to hit the ground running, whether it was how to interview effectively or turn a boring press release into a front page splash.

"The course is very intensive but it is a lot of fun and I made many great friends during my time at the Press Association."

Mark Edwards // Reporter, Surrey Advertiser

Jon Bennet

Jon Bennett - "The 17-weeks I spent training in Newcastle gave me the best possible start to my career."

"The 17-weeks I spent training in Newcastle gave me the best possible start to my career.

"The training centre isn't some chin stroking, theory driven, media studies course. It's a Barry's Boot Camp for hacks and, if you qualify, you will emerge knowing how to generate exclusives, build incredible contacts and break into one of the most competitive industries there is.

"It taught me the fundamentals that I have used every single day in my life as a journalist and gave me the skills to work for newspapers, magazines and in broadcasting."

Jon Bennet // Former News Editor, Sky

Haseeb Malik

Haseeb Malik - "The fast-track course helped initiate me to life in a busy newsroom and prepared me for my current job"

"As a career-changer, I never expected to be offered a place at Press Association but I had no doubt in my mind that it was the right place for me. The links they have with regional and national papers are fantastic and it will allow you to gain a real insight into how the industry works.

"The work experience placement during the fast-track course helped initiate me to life in a busy newsroom and prepared me for my current job as a trainee reporter at the Grimsby Telegraph.

"I learned so much, I’m sure I’ve forgotten some of it but I’m applying my NCTJ knowledge on a daily basis. All the great advice I had from staff during the diploma has really helped me settle into the industry with minimal fuss and I thank everyone who guided me to this point.”

Haseeb Malik // Reporter, The Grimsby Telegraph

Georgia Arlott

Georgia Arlott - "The tutors are experienced, inspiring, entertaining and supportive"

"I never have any hesitation whatsoever in recommending the London Press Association course to aspiring journalists. The teaching is second to none, the course structure is hard work but so rewarding, and the skills that I learnt are of constant use to me. I know I would never have got the fabulous job I am in without it.

"The tutors are experienced, inspiring, entertaining and supportive.

"Most importantly, the course gave me the confidence I needed to succeed, and the skills I will need every single day for the rest of my career."

Georgia Arlott // Reporter, ITV News

Laura Dennison

​Laura Dennison - “The PA course in London has been pretty invaluable for me"

“The PA course in London has been pretty invaluable for me, especially considering that I don’t have a degree.

"Not only did the course afford me great friends (including the tutors!), who I now meet up with regularly, I was also fortunate enough to be offered a job as a trainee reporter at SNAP.PA.

"The course is a lot of hard work and shorthand will probably give you a few sleepless nights, but it’s absolutely worth it in the end.”

Laura Dennison // Trainee Reporter, SNAP.PA

Michael Race

Michael Race - "The teaching is first class."

"Best thing I've ever done.

"The teaching is first class.

"But the atmosphere is even better.

"Only wish the course was longer!

"The course allows you to learn a lot about different types of people in a short space of time."

Michael Race // Oxford Mail

Waithera Junghae

Waithera Junghae - "I chose PA because of its reputation; I wasn't disappointed"

"I have always wanted to be a journalist and I knew studying an NCTJ course was the best thing I could do to kick-start my career. I looked around at different centres but I chose PA because of its reputation. I wasn't disappointed. I thoroughly enjoyed the course and I believe without it I wouldn't have the job I now have. For those considering the course I say go for it and study hard for shorthand-it is not easy!"

Waithera Junghae // Trainee reporter, SNAP:PA, PA's digital agency

Ese Ehreriene

Ese Erheriene - "The fast-track journalism course at PA was an integral and instructive move for my career."

"The fast-track journalism course at PA was an integral and instructive move for my career. Learning about media law, government, feature-writing, production and shorthand supplemented my knowledge and proved an asset. The feature-writing skills I picked up have been immeasurably useful, I regularly use shorthand during interviews, and my media law training came in handy when supporting the Journal's coverage of the recent phone hacking trial!"

Ese Ehreriene // Reporter - Wall Street Journal

Raf Sanchez

Raf Sanchez - ​"The PA course teaches what you need to know to get a foot in the door in the industry."

"I left the PA Training in Newcastle with the hard skills that editors are looking for in trainee reporters. From door knocking to media law to filing clean copy.

"The PA course teaches what you need to know to get a foot in the door in the industry. Soon after graduating from the PA course I was accepted onto the Telegraph graduate scheme and then posted to Washington as a foreign correspondent."

Raf Sanchez // Foreign Correspondent, The Telegraph

Rosie Bernard

Rosie Bernard - "I left with the skills needed to thrive in the world of journalism and the confidence to rise to any occasion."

"In nine-weeks the course completely changed my life. I left with the skills needed to thrive in the world of journalism and the confidence to rise to any occasion, as well as a brand new set of friends.

"The diploma gives you industry knowledge and contacts you wouldn’t find elsewhere. There’s a reason this course has such a good reputation – it’s in a league of its own."

Rosie Bernard // Online Content Editor, National Federation of Women’s Institutes.

Alicia Watts

Alicia Watts - ​"​I'd never be where I am today without the PA course, it has opened so many doors for me."

"I'd never be where I am today without the PA course, it has opened so many doors for me. The staff are well trained and are all very encouraging. All the hard work pays off in the end, I couldn't recommend it more. I work on video at the MailOnline but also present Facebook live's for Daily Mail's page, and although we only did 1 week of video on the course, I still believe it prepared me for my current role. It has changed my life; I have made lifelong friends and I know I'll always have a rewarding and successful career."

Alicia Watts // Video Researcher, MailOnline

​Tom Bristow

​Tom Bristow - "I wouldn't have been able to enter the trade without everyone at PA Training in Newcastle."

"I wouldn't have been able to enter the trade without everyone at PA Training in Newcastle. The course gave me the basic building blocks needed for a good reporter, including shorthand, law etc - but then also gave me a broader understanding of the industry and what makes a good journalist through the weekly guest speakers. It's great that it combines classroom learning with the practical business of learning to bring in leads from your news patch."

​Tom Bristow // Digital Content Editor, Eastern Daily Press and Norwich Evening News

Alexander Holmes

Alexander Holmes - "After looking extensively online for a 'no-nonsense' course that would build hard skills in journalism as quickly as possible, I was left with just one option: the PA."

"I chose the PA intensive course in my late-30s to broaden my career options in the marine industry, where I had been working for more than seven years. After looking extensively online for a 'no-nonsense' course that would build hard skills in journalism as quickly as possible, I was left with just one option: the PA. I chose the Newcastle course and spent some of the hardest and most rewarding months of life learning to sharpen my analytical skills, take shorthand, interview different all sorts of people and turn it all into excellent hard news stories.

"I had to leave the course a week early as I got my first reporting job lined up in Aberdeen covering energy news. Within a year, a further fantastic opportunity came up as news editor of an oil and gas news website in New Delhi, India, where I currently manage a staff of six journalists. The depth and rigour of my PA training has given me the confidence to both train new staff and manage more experienced reporters in the team.

"I cannot recommend the PA course enough for those who seriously want to get into journalism."

Alexander Holmes //

Kieran Gill

Kieran Gill - ​"The course in Newcastle prepared me perfectly for the big, bad world of journalism."

"The course in Newcastle prepared me perfectly for the big, bad world of journalism. Studying shorthand, learning law, even practising death knocks – all can be required daily in the newsroom, and it was down to our tutors that all 20 students on our course passed every exam that came our way.

"As for me, I took up the additional sports module, and doing so gave me a unique insight into the industry I would be soon be a part of. I can't thank Paul, Pat, Garry, Susan and Simon enough."

Kieran Gill // Sports reporter MailOnline

Charlotte Bowe

Charlotte Bowe - "The teaching is second to none"

"If you're considering a career in sports journalism, then this is definitely the place for you.

"This module will take you behind the scenes and give you a practical insight into what it is to be a sports reporter in the newsroom and in the press box.

"The teaching is second to none and our access to important figures, from coaches to athletes and everyone in-between, is just as great.

"There are so many opportunities to add pieces to your portfolio that will make it distinctive and stand out from the rest.

"And it isn't all about football.

"Some of our best stories come from grassroots sports and the contacts you make there will last you a lifetime.

"I've had a great time being a part of the sports team with my colleagues and for all that it is hard work to balance this module on top of everything else, it's definitely worth it."

Charlotte Bowe // Reporter, The Northern Echo

Daniel Davies

Daniel Davies - "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."

"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.

Catherine Wyatt

Catherine Wyatt - "Without PA Training I wouldn't have my job. Employers value the name 'PA' and it certainly opens doors."

"Without PA Training I wouldn't have my job. Employers value the name 'PA' and it certainly opens doors. The teachers are supportive and have incredible contacts. They encourage you to aim high and help you get into national newsrooms - on my course people ended up on training schemes at the BBC, the Mirror and the Daily Mail. 

"The course really prepares you for any journalistic situation you might find yourself in - whether that's using shorthand, knowing the legal implications of stories, or the practical elements of knowing how to go out and find a story. My favourite part of the course was the way you're treated like a real, working journalist from day one. For example, on your placement you're fully expected to find and write great stories like a full time reporter. If you work hard and are determined, the PA course is a great way into journalism."

Catherine Wyatt // Trainee Journalist, Press Association

George Clarke

George Clarke "The course with PA was challenging and by no means a stroll in the park."

"The course with PA was challenging and by no means a stroll in the park – and that’s why it was the perfect preparation for working in the fast-paced environment of a national newsroom. 

"The teaching is top drawer and incredibly supportive. The staff are journalists who treat you like peers. They’ve worked everywhere from the BBC and ITV to local papers and everything in between. Due to their vast amount of experience they have the inside track on the industry and help you recognise, develop, refine and publish stories.

"I studied the sport module in London and both Mark and Lee are great teachers. The pair of them have extensive knowledge of how sports reporting works and will test your ability. They treat you like proper journalists and expect you to be on the pulse with everything going on in the world of sport from the AFL to Accrington Stanley."

George Clarke // Trainee Sub editor, Daily Mail Sport

Shamir Patel

Shamir Patel "The course with PA is challenging and definitely not for the faint-hearted."

"The course with PA is challenging and definitely not for the faint-hearted. It is though hugely rewarding, tonnes of fun, and gives you invaluable skills and the confidence to put them into practice. 

"The tutors are top drawer and make sure you are supported throughout the course and even afterwards. The teaching is varied and engaging and always aimed towards preparing you for any journalistic challenge you will come across. 

"You are given a broad understanding of the industry as well as developing practical multimedia skills including media law, the ability to interview all sorts of people, and producing great content. 

"The on-the-job experience you will enjoy on the course, as well as the contacts you will make, also set you apart from the competition when you are ready for the plunge into the big, bad world of journalism.”

Shamir Patel //

Becky Morton

Becky Morton ​ "​The PA course taught me the essential skills I needed to become a journalist and gave me the confidence to throw myself into my placement and pitch stories to the editor.​"

"The PA course taught me the essential skills I needed to become a journalist and gave me the confidence to throw myself into my placement and pitch stories to the editor. The tutors were very supportive and went far beyond just preparing us for our NCTJ exams. They regularly circulated job opportunities and the reputation of PA opened doors by helping my applications stand out. The advice I got when writing applications and preparing for interviews was invaluable and helped me to get a place on the BBC’s trainee scheme."

Becky Morton // BBC Trainee Scheme

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Jemma Crew

"Doing the course was the best decision I ever made. I'm now lucky enough to have my dream job as a multimedia reporter on PA's London graduate scheme. I'm so proud of what my friends and I achieved during the course and immensely grateful to the course tutors for their encouragement, which continues even now.

Would I do it again? In a heartbeat."

Jemma Crew // Multimedia Reporter, Press Association

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