Why Choose Us?

Trainees practising their shorthand

Quite simply, our courses offer you the best chance of achieving your ambition of being a journalist. PA Media is the national news agency of the UK and Ireland and its journalism has an unrivalled reputation.

Since 1969, when our first training course was set up in Newcastle, we have enjoyed a long tradition as the starting point for the careers of many of the UK’s leading journalists.

But we don't rest on our laurels. In a changing world, we introduce you to the movers and shakers in the industry, helping you to grasp the requirements of the digital age, as well as age-old skills, such as shorthand, which are as in demand by editors as ever.

Training as a journalist is no walk in the park. There will be times when you are asked to step outside your comfort zone. You will learn about complex areas of law and government, embark on practical tasks at a moment's notice, make presentations and write stories quickly for publication in the press. But at the end of it, you will have gone well beyond your expectations to realise your potential as a reporter.

Our courses can help you become the fully rounded journalist you need to be to compete in today's industry. A lot of things have changed since 1969, but our trainees continue to thrive in publications across the country and abroad. Why not join them?

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MP Jess Phillips giving an enlightening talk to trainees


Lucy Skoulding

'Financially I really needed to work full time alongside getting my NCTJ and this course absolutely allowed me to do that'

Lucy Skoulding // Journalist - Accountancy Age

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