Become a Journalist

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Become a Journalist Summer School

Please note, applications for this year’s Summer School are now closed.

The Become a Journalist Summer School from PA Training and the Google News Initiative, will teach trainees the essential skills of being a journalist — from the basics of news reporting, to video journalism, podcasting, digital journalism skills, media law and either feature writing or sport. On completion of the course, trainees will achieve an NCTJ Certificate in Foundation Journalism.

Get the best start to your career in journalism

What is it?

Trainees will join us in our central London training centre to build their journalism skills through hands-on training. They will be writing stories, making own videos, recording podcasts, and putting digital skills into practice as they work towards a Certificate in Foundation Journalism.

The course is the gateway to becoming a fully-qualified journalist, and could help gain a place on an NCTJ Diploma course to become a professional journalist, or win a journalism apprenticeship where trainees are paid as they train. It’s also worth 16 UCAS points.

Who runs it?

The course is run by PA Training and the Google News Initiative Trainees will hear from experienced journalists and experts from Google, and they will learn how news organisations really work. They will also get to have lunch with working journalists and find out how they launched their careers – and their top tips for standing out and landing a job.

This qualification is awarded by the National Council for the Training of Journalists. The NCTJ is the gold-standard when it comes to journalism training, so employers and course-tutors will recognise that the trainees have made significant first steps towards becoming a journalist. 

Who is it for?

This is for those who are curious about journalism and keen to find out more. We’re always keen to hear from people interested in journalism who are from under-represented backgrounds. Many newsrooms do not represent the society they report on, and we want to help change that. 


  • The 2022 Summer School took take place from 25th July 2022 to Friday 19th August 2022.


61 Queen Street, London, EC4R 1AE


It’s free!