News Associates supports the best in student media with SPA Journalism

News Associates is supporting this weekend’s SPA Journalism conference in Loughborough, which celebrate the best in UK student media.

– 10% course discount for conference delegates*
– Career and training advice from Rachel Bull, Head of Journalism Training
– Managing Editor James Toney will speak about the digital future for journalism
– Sponsorship of SPA Journalism Awards categories

Based in London and Manchester, News Associates was again named the UK’s number one journalism course last November.

Indeed, News Associates courses – which offer specialisms in news and sports journalism – occupy the top four positions on the national league tables published for the academic year 2014/2015.

From our recently graduated course, over 90% are now in paid journalism roles less than three months later at a range of roles from national to regional newspapers, broadcasters, agencies and online media.

And we’re celebrating unrivalled success on the national newspaper and broadcaster graduate schemes – with two trainees securing the number one and two spots on the Sky Sports News graduate scheme just last week.

At the conference Head of Journalism Training Rachel Bull will be available for career and training advice on Saturday while Managing Editor James Toney will be speaking about the digital future of news on Sunday morning.

Graham Dudman, the former Editorial Development Director at News UK, who chairs the News Associates editorial advisory board has also written on the importance of good training – and shorthand – for the event programme.

In addition, News Associates have sponsored the best news story and best sport team categories in the 2016 SPA journalism awards and are offering a 10% discount on all September 2016 courses to conference delegates*.

“We are delighted to support this year’s SPA journalism conference,” said James Toney.

“Many former trainees, from Kat Lay – the health correspondent at The Times – to Jack Sommers – the assistant news editor at Huffington Post – previously edited their student newspaper and graduated from News Associates to top jobs in the industry.

“The quality of work produced at these publications is really impressive and time spent working on student media hugely enhances CVs and can really stand a candidate out when it comes to recruitment.”

* To qualify, the original News Associates advertisement from the conference handbook must be validated by News Associates staff on Saturday or Sunday morning. No photocopies or unvalidated advertisements will be accepted. Discount applies to all News Associates courses, in either London or Manchester, starting in September 2016 only and cannot be deferred.