NCTJ part-time Diploma in Multimedia Journalism (18 months) remote

Our remote part-time course gives you the opportunity to join our flexible and award-winning NCTJ journalism training without the need to travel.

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We understand your studies have to fit in around demanding work and family commitments.

Our remote part-time course will make training with us more flexible than ever before, opening our courses up to aspiring journalists from the ease of their own home.

We have years of experience in equipping trainees with the skills you need to succeed as a journalist, and our exam results in subjects including reporting, media law, public affairs and more speak for themselves.

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News Associates staff Graham Moody, Lucy Dyer, James Toney and Graham Dudman all dressed up at the House of Lords. They are standing outside on the terrace with the Thames and London as their backdrop. It’s a beautiful sunny evening with a lovely blue sky. The men are all wearing smart suits and Lucy is wearing a pink dress. They are all smiling with their arms around each other. The picture was taken the day we were accredited to deliver this new part-time remote journalism course.
TOP TEAM: Our long-standing senior team are behind the planning and delivery of our remote part-time course (Pictured L-R: Head of journalism London Graham Moody, editorial development manager Lucy Dyer, managing editor James Toney and deputy managing editor Graham Dudman)

Contact hours

At the start of the course we’ll give you a course handbook which will have all your term and exam dates.

Lessons will take place on Zoom every Tuesday and every other Thursday evening, totalling nine hours a fortnight (classes are 6:30pm-9:30pm, with a break).

Every lesson will be taught live with a tutor – nothing is pre-recorded.

Tutors will use teaching techniques developed during the lockdown of 2020 – when all courses were delivered via Zoom – which led to News Associates winning the Innovation of the Year 2020 award at the NCTJ’s Awards for Excellence.

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Trainees must be aware self-study is required on all of our courses – on this 18-month course we recommend an average of 45 minutes a day – to achieve the highly sought-after gold-standard qualification (A-C in all modules).

Starting in November, the virtual part-time course will take 18 months to complete (finishing in May), and exams can be sat remotely or in one of our centres.

There will be opportunities for you to join us in centre in London or Manchester if you like – this could be for exams, tutorials and/or work placement.

Coming into a centre is entirely optional but please note that part of the application process will include checking you have the right technology to complete the course fully remotely.

Remote trainees will be offered the same high calibre of guest speakers from the industry and will be invited to our annual journalism conference JournoFest.

We believe the accessible nature of this remote part-time course will help to increase diversity among our trainees, and journalism.

Applicants go through the same three-stage application process as our long-standing courses.

If a remote course isn’t for you, click here for information on our in-person part-time courses in Manchester and London.

Course modules

Trainees on this course will study eight modules – enough credits to gain the all-important Level 5 NCTJ Diploma in Multimedia Journalism – and you will be taught by our very experienced journalism tutors.

News Associates is excited to offer modules in data journalism and PR and communications for journalists. These two modules are only available on our remote part-time course, ideal for anyone with an interest in long-form data journalism or wider careers in communications and PR.

Offering the data journalism module will give our trainees the opportunity to build on what they learn in essential journalism and journalism for a digital audience – and it is more important than ever that journalists know how to handle large data sets and make stories accessible to the public.

We are increasingly seeing news organisations hiring trends reporters and audience writers and being qualified in data journalism, alongside digital journalism, will make our graduates’ applications stand out in this field.

Teaching PR and communications for journalists will peak our trainees’ interest in a different side of the media. Furthermore, this module will increase trainees’ knowledge of social media – an area of exponential growth in journalism jobs.

Please note, while you can study this course from anywhere in the world, the syllabus prepares you to work as a journalist in the UK.

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The next intake of our remote part-time course starts in November 2024.

Please note, this is a postgraduate course and the fees are £4,750. Click here to learn more about fees and funding.

Click here to find out more about our undergraduate multimedia journalism degree, The School of Journalism.

Got a question about our remote part-time journalism course? Contact us on or 0203 026 3781.

Sign up for a free journalism workshop or Q&A here.

Apply for our remote part-time journalism course here.