Training with News Associates is fulfilling and - we like to think - good fun.
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However, this should not disguise the fact that the programme of study is intense - we do what a university does in a year, but in 20 absorbing weeks. With a packed timetable and 40-hour weeks, it’s not for the faint-hearted!
You will study the core subjects of the NCTJ curriculum - Reporting, Portfolio, Shorthand, Law, Public Affairs and either Sport or Subbing - and you will have the option of adding another subject to your final certificate.
We are open for business Monday to Thursday, 9.30am to 5.30pm - that’s usually four subjects a day, with just a half-hour break for lunch. The Friday will be spent at a work placement, putting into practice the theory you have learned on the previous four days.
While arranging the placement is primarily your responsibility (as you will know how far you can travel or which specialist interests you have), we never leave anyone stranded if they are let down. Whenever necessary, we will find you work that will produce cuttings to go in your portfolio.
Along the way, there will be a range of guest speakers from within the industry and some visits. For example, there’s every chance you’ll visit magistrates court, a council meeting and - when the opportunity arises - Parliament.
You will also have the chance to go out and about in London or Manchester in teams as part of our ‘patch reporting’ routine.
And, while most sessions will involve the whole class, there is time each week for individual tutorials. If anyone is feeling challenged by a topic, we will know immediately and we will work with you to address it.
Mentoring is the responsibility of all members of staff, including our full-time editors and reporters, who will give you as much time as you need.