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 straightaway, 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 Journalism for a Digital Audience.
Throughout the course, you will be informed of job vacancies and given assistance in securing that all-important first job.
* 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.
Our next course runs from August 16, 2021 - December 10, 2021