News journalismCourse Outline

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Opportunities to specialise

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. 

Modules 

  • 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.   

Your portfolio

For candidates interested in developing specialist skills as news reporters, you will have the opportunity to build a significant portfolio of work and get hands-on reporting experience through a weekly work placement.   

Into the newsroom

You will spend every Friday for 10 weeks in an active newsroom. You’ll already have basic skills by this point, so this is your opportunity to practise and develop, while gaining a great network and a good understanding of how newsrooms work. PA Training tutors will be available to support you through this process.  

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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Two formula 1 drivers being interviewed

Opportunities to specialise

Spanish MP being interviewed on the street

Get the best start to your career in journalism

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