A behind the scenes guide to studying at News Associates: What we’ve been up to in May

Every month we’ll catch up with our journalism students at News Associates as they undertake their Diploma in Multimedia Journalism at the UK’s number one NCTJ school.

Click here to join them in September 2017.

Team NA have had their words in print, their faces on national TV and their voices on the radio in the last month. 

All throughout May South West Londoner editor and News Associates journalism tutor Graham Moody has been counting down to the General Election.

Meanwhile, deputy editor Nicholas Tyrrell passed on his trophy in our own competition.

Elsewhere in the country, Mancunian Matters editor and News Associates journalism tutor Tom Pilcher was chatting all things journalism at Manchester University’s graduate fair.

And our head of journalism Andrew Greaves (who wrote this about why accommodating the press is essential to General Election campaigning) headed to Leeds to discuss FOIs at SPANC.

But the day we had all been looking forward to was JournoFest. On May 13 we hosted 16 notable journalists at our very own journalism conference in Wimbledon.

Gracing the stage we had BBC News veteran Maxine Mawhinney and sports editor Dan Roan.

Panellists sharing their words of wisdom included The Guardian homepage editor Claire Daly, ITV Evening News editor Richard Frediani, The Observer columnist Nick Cohen and BuzzFeed News investigations correspondent Jane Bradley. You can read the full line-up here.

And if you’re thinking about getting into journalism, definitely watch this:

Meanwhile, on the other side of Europe, Team NA’s Lucy Jones was busy meeting her namesake.

On May 22, current trainee Izzy Lyons squeezed in an appearance on Sky News before a busy day of shorthand and court reporting. (She made the small screen in April too!)

On the same day fast-track trainee Anna Schaverien got two articles in The Daily Telegraph. #StartedHere

But on the evening of May 22 the worst terror attack to hit the UK since the London 7/7 bombings struck Manchester.

At News Associates we cancelled lessons for a couple of days and our trainees covered the biggest story to hit the city in two decades.

Read more about how our trainee reporters put their journalism training into practice under very sensitive and pressurised circumstances here.

We are now interviewing for our fast-track, part-time and sports journalism courses in London and Manchester – apply here.

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