NCTJ fast-track Multimedia Journalism Diploma (22 weeks)

Our NCTJ-accredited, 22-week, fast-track multimedia journalism course has two intakes a year, in September and February (our next courses start on February 18, 2019). Trainees attend full-time Monday to Thursday* (9.30am-5.30pm) and are expected to go on work placement on Fridays. These courses run at both our London and Manchester centres. * Monday-Friday for first two weeks of study.

News Associates has been named the top fast-track journalism course in the UK by the National Council for the Training of Journalists for the last five years, and it’s been ranked the number one journalism course in London for ten straight years. Click here to see the NCTJ results tables.

Compare and contrast results on NCTJ-accredited fast-track journalism courses in the United Kingdom
Compare and contrast results on NCTJ-accredited fast-track journalism courses in the United Kingdom


You will study core modules – see left or click here for course elements – and have the chance to choose a specialist module in either sports journalism or production journalism.

Entwined in all of your other modules you will also study video and multimedia journalism but this does not have its own formal exam.

But most importantly, if breaking news hits, we are likely to throw the timetable out of the window and get you working as real journalists. Just recently, our trainees covered the Grenfell Tower fire and the Manchester arena bombing – as well as scheduled events such as the General Election

Our graduates go on to be investigative journalists at Reuters, presenters on Sky News, sports reporters at The Guardian, travel writers at The Daily Telegraph, showbiz writers at the MailOnline, health correspondents at The Times and much, much more.

In fact, stand up in most newsrooms across the UK and ask if anyone studied at News Associates and you’ll see a few hands raise. 

See a list of our trainees’ first job destinations here

Wondering what it’s like to study journalism at News Associates? Click here to read the day in a life of one our fast-track trainees.

Click here to download the course brochure and prospectus.

This fast-track programme is designed for graduates but we do run an undergraduate BA (Hons) in Journalism programme, which includes NCTJ examinations, at our Manchester office, in conjunction with Marjon University. See here for more details.

For a glimpse into the industry and the training we provide at News Associates come along to one of our free journalism workshops in London or Manchester. Book your spot here.

Or take the leap and apply now