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NCTJ Sports journalism course testimonials.

Sam Preston

Sam Preston - 'I would recommend this course to any aspiring journalist'

The course was an amazing opportunity to learn a wide range of new skills from hugely experienced tutors. My standard of writing has improved dramatically and I have been exposed to new areas of the media such as video, radio, sub-editing and data journalism. 

I would recommend this course to any aspiring journalist. I made friends on the course that I hope to have for life. 

Sam Preston // Online sports reporter, The Boot Room

Olawale Kuponipe

Olawale Kuponipe - "I credit all of my journalistic knowledge and skills to the tutors and fellow journalists I met at the Press Association."

"I credit all of my journalistic knowledge and skills to the tutors and fellow journalists I met at the Press Association. It has definitely held me in good stead during my Sports traineeship at PA which I was lucky to get straight after the course. The Press Association took a chance on me and I haven't looked back since.

"As Tony Johnston said from day one, it is not for the faint-heartened and you are tested from the get go but it is certainly the best preparation for any journalist looking to succeed in the newsroom.

"At first, I felt like 17-weeks would not give me enough time to immerse myself into subjects such as Public Affairs and Shorthand but the length of course, as well as the lectures provided, efficiently prepared me for every challenge the world of journalism has thrown out at me. The hands-on, fast-paced course was a preferable option for me rather than going through a year-long masters degree.

"I was so fortunate to meet some amazing people, who I still keep in touch with and all of us have moved on to bigger things due to the guidance and important contacts from other news outlets provided on PA training course.

"The tutors and guest speakers were also invaluable in helping me build my confidence in the newsroom as their expertise and past experiences was vital in my development as a journalist.

"The modules were highly relevant to the current climate of journalism and I still refer back to my shorthand notebook and McNae textbook to help me when needed during my traineeship.

"My advice to anyone applying to the course is prepare for many sleepless nights but as long as your passionate about news, then the PA training course offer the best route into a career in journalism."

Olawale Kuponipe // Trainee Sports Journalist, PA

Georgia Arlott

Georgia Arlott - "The tutors are experienced, inspiring, entertaining and supportive"

"I never have any hesitation whatsoever in recommending the London Press Association course to aspiring journalists. The teaching is second to none, the course structure is hard work but so rewarding, and the skills that I learnt are of constant use to me. I know I would never have got the fabulous job I am in without it.

"The tutors are experienced, inspiring, entertaining and supportive.

"Most importantly, the course gave me the confidence I needed to succeed, and the skills I will need every single day for the rest of my career."

Georgia Arlott // Reporter, ITV News

Shamir Patel

Shamir Patel "The course with PA is challenging and definitely not for the faint-hearted."

"The course with PA is challenging and definitely not for the faint-hearted. It is though hugely rewarding, tonnes of fun, and gives you invaluable skills and the confidence to put them into practice. 

"The tutors are top drawer and make sure you are supported throughout the course and even afterwards. The teaching is varied and engaging and always aimed towards preparing you for any journalistic challenge you will come across. 

"You are given a broad understanding of the industry as well as developing practical multimedia skills including media law, the ability to interview all sorts of people, and producing great content. 

"The on-the-job experience you will enjoy on the course, as well as the contacts you will make, also set you apart from the competition when you are ready for the plunge into the big, bad world of journalism.”

Shamir Patel //

George Clarke

George Clarke "The course with PA was challenging and by no means a stroll in the park."

"The course with PA was challenging and by no means a stroll in the park – and that’s why it was the perfect preparation for working in the fast-paced environment of a national newsroom. 

"The teaching is top drawer and incredibly supportive. The staff are journalists who treat you like peers. They’ve worked everywhere from the BBC and ITV to local papers and everything in between. Due to their vast amount of experience they have the inside track on the industry and help you recognise, develop, refine and publish stories.

"I studied the sport module in London and both Mark and Lee are great teachers. The pair of them have extensive knowledge of how sports reporting works and will test your ability. They treat you like proper journalists and expect you to be on the pulse with everything going on in the world of sport from the AFL to Accrington Stanley."

George Clarke // Trainee Sub editor, Daily Mail Sport

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