Become a Journalist

Train with PA Media / PA Training

Why study with us?

If you want to be a journalist, there are two things that will impress a potential editor. Exclusive stories, of course. But also, the NCTJ Diploma in Journalism. 

This flagship qualification is highly practical and ensures that you are newsroom ready. You’ll learn the essential skills of a professional journalist, completing your training in just 18 weeks on our fast-track course, or studying part-time so you can work as you train. You can specialise in news, sport, or digital features and longform journalism and will learn from trainers who are current or former senior journalists, meaning your training will be relevant and hands-on.

PA Training is part of PA Media Group, formerly known as the Press Association. We’re the sister company of PA Media, the UK and Ireland’s national news agency. Our newsroom sets the standard for journalism across the industry — and our training helps you achieve it.

Expert trainers

Learn from journalists from the UK's leading newsrooms

Study in the heart of London

We are close to the action with great transport links

NCTJ accredited

Our Diploma courses are accredited by the NCTJ

Bag your dream job

Our alumni having amazing jobs across the industry

Our NCTJ diploma courses

News journalism

This course has been the starting point for many of the UK’s leading journalists. Includes opportunities to specialise.

Sports journalism

Do you want to be a sports reporter? With our specialist training, we can give you the best chance of getting there.

Digital features and longform journalism

Learn from magazine and feature experts to develop this dynamic form of journalism.

Part-time option

Study for your NCTJ Diploma one evening a week and on a Saturday to earn while you learn in central London.