Practical Magazine Journalism

Our Magazine option is offered as part of our highly successful NCTJ-accredited Multimedia Fast-Track Journalism Diploma course.

This 17-week course is held twice a year (January and August) and gives you all the skills necessary for a career in journalism, whichever route you choose in the future.

You can opt to spend part of that course specialising in magazines. This option has been tailored to encompass the extensive magazine market, including B2B, consumer, specialist and supplements. Areas covered range from news, politics and social affairs to lifestyle, travel, food, fashion and celebrity. You will also be encouraged to develop skills to tackle reviewing, features, news features and opinion pieces.

You will consider the place of magazines in a competing marketplace, learn about digital developments, focus groups, e-surveys, databases, message boards, social media and marketing.

As part of the full-time Diploma course you will benefit from all the extras on offer including visits by guest speakers, who have recently included Jess Phillips MP, Jacob Rees Mogg and Ranvir Singh. 

Our aim is to get you into the job you want and our record is outstanding. You will be given extensive career guidance and help with building contacts.

You will leave with an NCTJ Diploma and an NCTJ qualification in Practical Magazine Journalism. Our exam success rate in the Practical Magazine option is 100%. You can also take this option as part of our Part-Time Diploma Course

Trainees will benefit from the extensive magazine experience of our tutors. The course is run by one of the major figures in the magazine industry, Lori Miles, Launch Editor of the London Evening News and Editor of Chat by the time she was 29. Lori was also Launch Editor of Take A Break, Launch Editor of Mizz at IPC and Features Editor of Company magazine for Natmags. Alongside her journalism career Lori is a qualified teacher and counsellor and an accredited assessor.

PA’s Head of Diploma Training Fiona Webster was Editor of Active Life magazine, Consultant Editor of The Log, the British Airline Pilots Association’s magazine, Consultant Editor at News Magazines, publishers of Sunday Times Travel, and has worked at IPC and on the pre-launch of Grazia. Her features have appeared in The Sunday Times, Mail on Sunday’s YOU magazine, Sunday Telegraph’s Stella magazine and she also runs

Other leading magazine world figures contributing to our course include Sue Peart, former Editor of YOU magazine, Jaimie Kaffash, Editor of Pulse magazine and Jackie Brown, Features Editor of Good Housekeeping. 

This course is suitable for:

  • Undergraduates
  • Post graduates
  • Career changers
  • Apprentices

Our next courses run from August 16, 2021 - December 10, 2021

and January 24, 2022 - June 1, 2022

* Please note that, in the event of the government's social distancing guidelines still being in place, our next scheduled courses may be delivered remotely. 

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