Press Association Training 4 week review

I have to confess, though this will hardly be music to the ears of my long-suffering parents, that I feel as though I've worked harder in 4 weeks at PA Training than I did during 4 years of University. That probably says as much about me as it does the intensity of the course, but when you're in an environment you feel satisfied and secure in, it's simply so much easier to apply yourself. You don't just do your work - you enjoy your work.

Having a routine helps. Getting up everyday and preparing for what is effectively a 9-5 job means you no longer have time to watch the world go by or vegetate in front of the TV and blend into the sofa on which you are sitting. I think the whole experience is already making me more dynamic and dare I say more mature and responsible. I might actually be turning into a human being.

You start to look at news in a whole different light too. You have to. From having a full-blown successful newsroom on the floor above and access to all major nationals every morning it’s impossible to not find yourself with a different perspective. Everything is a potential story, however seemingly trivial it might seem at first. There could always be a twist at the end, you just have to delve deep enough to find it. If you can’t extract every possible nugget of information you just won’t have a story. Plain and simple.

So, what with all the apparent growing up and suppression of natural human emotion, not to mention the constant drilling of shorthand, it's fair to say the opening few weeks have been a real eye opener. And what's the best part of all that I hear you ask?

There's still 13 weeks to go.

Thomas Dodd, @TomAlexDodd

Thomas Dodd - NCTJ Trainee - @TomAlexDodd

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Thomas Dodd - NCTJ Trainee - @TomAlexDodd


Sian Elvin

"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."

Sian Elvin // Reporter, Kent Live

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