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Fast. Fair. Accurate. That’s the standard set by PA Media’s newsroom – and by the time you finish your course with PA Training, you’ll be able to match it.  

Training with the UK and Ireland’s national press agency means that you’ll be treated like a journalist from day one of your course, and we’ll focus on giving you the skills you need to super-power your career. 

You’ll be taught by senior journalists from some of the UK’s most prestigious newsrooms and produce stories that help you achieve top marks in your NCTJ exams — not to mention secure a top job after them.  

We’ve been nurturing the careers of the UK’s leading journalists since 1969, and you’ll find our former trainees working for media organisations across the world. Lots of them will tell you that our 18-week course is intense, but that it equips you to succeed.  

Our training is by journalists, for journalists

So as well as achieving your NCTJ Diploma, you’ll also learn how to thrive in an industry that can be fast-moving, tough yet exciting, no matter the path that you choose.  

We have a long pedigree in training news and sports journalists at PA Training, and you’ll be learning from the best. We also have an enviable line-up of tutors in video journalism, digital storytelling, and features and longform journalism. Whatever your specialism, you’ll get the support you need.  

And you’ll be learning all of this right in the middle of the City of London, which means it’s easy for us to head out to Westminster, City Hall, the Old Bailey and wherever the news is happening. We encourage you to head out and find the story – and equip you to tell it brilliantly.  

That’s why you’ll find our trainees on the winner’s podium at the annual NCTJ awards, and their by-lines on stories across the world. Why not join them? 

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George Martin

"The intensity of the training programme is the perfect preparation for being thrown in at the deep end at a national paper."

George Martin // Daily Star, News Reporter

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