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Are you thinking about a career in journalism?

By Press Association

Wednesday 25 October 2017 Careers and Jobs

Trainees joining industry-accredited journalism courses at the Press Association in 2018 will be doing so in the 150th anniversary year of the UK’s best known and most respected provider of multimedia content.

Those attending courses provided by PA Training have discovered over many years the combination of NCTJ and PPA accreditation plus PA’s reputation in the news business has opened doors for them, providing a great foundation for their future careers.

The NCTJ accredits Full-Time and Part-Time journalism diploma programmes delivered at PA.

The Full-Time, fast-track course runs over 17 weeks offering news and sport options:

The course runs in January and in August. From Week 5 those on the news pathway go on a newsroom placement while those studying sport have additional training and weekend match reporting opportunities.

On the Part-Time course, delivered on Tuesday evenings and all day on Saturdays, trainees study over 38 weeks starting in mid-September:

News and sport options are also available. This route allows trainees to work while they study.

Whichever route trainees opt for, the NCTJ Level 3 Diploma in Journalism is awarded to all those passing the course.

Trainees will learn the core skills needed to be a digital journalist with expert tuition and constant copy-coaching. They’ll also study Media Law, Court Reporting, Public Administration and Production.

And there’s Teeline shorthand tuition provided almost every day of the course with the aim of getting trainees to the sought-after 100 words per minute threshold.

The PPA accredits PA’s nine-week multimedia, post-graduate Magazine Journalism course:

It provides probably the quickest route to a recognised journalism diploma and is ideal for those wanting to work in the magazine industry, either consumer or B2B.

Trainees produce a hard copy magazine, Prime Opportunities, plus an online version and app. They also spend two weeks on placement at a magazine during the course putting some of their new-found skills into practice. It’s a tough, intensive experience not for the faint-hearted but it equips its trainees with the skills and resilience they’ll need to hit the ground running in a magazine environment.

Training for all courses takes place at PA headquarters at Victoria in London and is co-sited with the Press Association newsroom. This means regular contributions from senior PA journalists and occasional opportunities for work experience, for example on the social media desk.

Whichever route trainees decide to take PA Training boasts a proud record of helping to secure great jobs and some of those at the top of the news and media industry owe some of their success to the skills learned here:

So, with 150 years of heritage underpinning the training delivered at PA trainees really do stand out from the crowd.

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