Trainees follow a 17-week programme of study at our London HQ. For the first five weeks, you will spend your days in an intensive classroom environment, working on course assignments and learning the fundamental principles of journalism.
You will also start immediately on the journey towards achieving the challenging 100 words per minute Teeline shorthand speed. Even in this digital age, this is one of the classic skills required of news reporters and highly sought after by employers.
From week five, you will begin your weekly news placements. We will work with you to find the most suitable destination but this might be on a local, regional or, sometimes, national newspaper/website, magazine, digital publication or broadcast newsroom. There are occasional opportunities in the PA newsroom too.
These placements will help you build multi-media content for your ‘e-portfolio’ submitted as part of your Diploma studies. They will also provide great material for your CV to support future job applications.
There’s also a training website where trainees can publish stories using text, images and video.
You will also begin learning law and public affairs straight away, working towards your end of course NCTJ Diploma examinations.
By the end of this intensive, full-time programme, you will have been expected to have completed the examinations that make up the NCTJ Diploma. We would expect you to reach the ‘Gold Standard’ which includes passes in Shorthand at 100 words per minute, Essential Journalism, Newspaper and Magazine Regulation, Media Law, Court Reporting, Public Affairs and Production.
Throughout the course, you will be informed of job vacancies and given assistance in securing that all important first job.
Our next course runs from January 27, 2020 - May 22, 2020