So you want to become a sports journalist? News Associates runs a multi-award-winning 35-week full-time NCTJ-accredited Diploma in Multimedia Sports Journalism.
This is delivered in association with Britain’s leading sports press agency Sportsbeat – perfect for anyone wanting to study sports journalism.
In 2014/2015 and 2015/2016, our sports journalism course was named the number one in the UK by the National Council for the Training of Journalists, with an unprecedented 100% gold standard pass rate – compared to a national average of 20%.
And 2016/2017 and 2017/2018 this course was named the UK’s number one NCTJ journalism course of any kind.
Exam results are important but it’s our job record we’re most proud of. And in the last academic year 94% of our sports journalism trainees were in paid journalism roles within a month of graduating. Read more here.
You can find them on the back pages of our national newspapers, presenting and reporting on Sky Sports News, or working internationally for some of the most respected names in journalism from Reuters to Agence France Presse. They have also made their way to the media departments of Premier League football clubs and national governing bodies, from the British Olympic Association to the MCC.
The course has one intake a year (September) in London and Manchester. Click here to download the course brochure and prospectus.
The course runs from Monday-Thursday (9:30am-5:30pm) with a day a week on placement (Friday, Saturday or Sunday) putting theory into practice. Many trainees are offered full-time jobs with the placement after they graduate.
You study nine modules – see left or click here for course elements – with plenty of time for covering live sport and attending events.
See below for what our sports journalism trainees and alumni have been up to or check out our news section for the latest, such as international press trips, a tour around Sky Sports News, a visit to the Society of Editors conference and interviewing stars at the British Sports Awards organised by the Sports Journalists’ Association.
Any budding journalists out there looking for a place to study, I’d highly recommend this place. Hard work but fun too https://t.co/z7oVzgjD5A
— Daniella Matar (@DaniellaMatar) March 10, 2017
— Tom Macleod (@SkyNewsTom) March 17, 2017
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Wondering what it’s like to study sports journalism at News Associates? We love catching up with our trainees as they undertake their Diploma in Multimedia Sports Journalism, check out their blogs here.
Got a question about our journalism courses? Contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org or 0203 026 3781.
For advice from former News Associates sports journalism trainees click here.
Sign up for a free sports journalism workshop here.
Apply for our NCTJ-accredited journalism courses here.