Magazine Journalism – new short course

We’re now offering the NCTJ-accredited Practical Magazine module as a stand-alone course, on a part time basis, one day a week.

You will spend 12 Fridays at The Press Association and half a day a week undertaking guided learning from home, as well as writing features in your own time. You will also be invited to talks and events organised by the Diploma course and will be able to take advantage of many of the aspects that course and the Press Association have to offer.

This module 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.

Trainees will benefit from the extensive magazine experience of our tutors.

The course is run by one of 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. She 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, the Mail on Sunday’s YOU magazine, the Sunday Telegraph’s Stella magazine and she runs familytraveller.co.uk.

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.

Suitable for

·       Undergraduates

·       Post graduates

·       Career changers

·       News journalists looking to gain magazine and features journalism skills

·       Magazine publishers with trainees

·       Apprentices

Those completing the course will receive a certificate

Our next Practical Magazine course runs from February 22 – May 10. The cost is £1,800.


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