Digital Features and Longform JournalismCourse Outline

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All trainees study a core set of modules to set them up for a successful career, and then undertake training and work experience to help them build specialist skills. 


  • Essential Journalism – the basics of how to get the story and develop strong writing skills. No matter the role you’re aiming for, you’ll need to show these skills to get the job  
  • Ethics – understand the code that guides journalists and discuss real-life issues 
  • Essential Media Law and Court Reporting – this is essential for any journalist. The toolbox no journalist can be without, and every editor wants to know you have  
  • Journalism for a Digital Audience – understand how modern digital publishing organisations work and how to write brilliant stories across all digital platforms  
  • Public Affairs – understand how power works and how you can challenge it  
  • Shorthand – develop the skills to write 100 words a minute

After five weeks study, you will then choose a specialism so you can build your skills and knowledge in an area that interests you. 

Digital features and longform specialism

For candidates interested in digital features and longform journalism, you’ll spend one day a week learning about style and structure from magazine and features experts. You’ll develop your interviewing skills, find your voice, and learn how to write a balanced feature that really engages a reader.  

You’ll be given opportunities to put your learning into practice and encouraged to pitch these pieces of compelling, longer-form journalism to editors for publication. At the end of the course, you’ll take the NCTJ’s Practical Magazine Journalism module, during which you’ll take part in a live magazine day.  

Video training

All trainees also receive video training throughout the course, and you will build a strong portfolio so you have a range of work to show editors when it comes to finding a job.  

Next steps 

We have excellent links with newsrooms and can also offer support and advice to those choosing freelance careers. After the course you’ll be able to join our alumni network and build connections with other PA Training graduates. 

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