Student media editorial leadership course open for 2023 applications

Applications are now open for our free student media editorial leadership course running for four weeks this November.

Our fourth student media editorial leadership course will run every Monday evening 6:30pm-8pm in November remotely on Zoom.

Having launched the first course in March 2021, we’re continuing to showcase our love of student media and the importance of non-academic journalism training.

The remote course will teach student editors essential newsroom skills in order to prepare them for a career in journalism.

We’re working with top industry experts from across the media landscape to deliver a remote four-week course covering everything from story sourcing and pitching to office politics and networking.

Our previous courses have included guest speakers from The Times, Financial Times, and The Sun.

Everything we cover will be practical and realistic, and you will learn essential skills to help secure that all-important first job in journalism.

Students will also have a unique opportunity to make contacts with key industry figures as well as networking with the other aspiring journalists on the course.

News Associates editorial development director Lucy Dyer said: “We’re thrilled our editorial leadership course has become a staple in the student media calendar. We love working with these bright young minds who challenge us as much as we challenge them.

“The course this year promises to offer the same high standard of journalism training that News Associates is known for while always updating and refreshing as the industry evolves.”

There is no pre-reading or marked assessments and you will not be expected to do any work outside of these hours.

The short course is not a substitute for formal journalism training but will look great on course and job applications in the future.


The course is only open to students in their final year at university and are an editor (or section editor) of a university publication. Before you apply, please make sure this applies to you and that you are free every Monday evening of November.

You have until midnight on Sunday October 15 to apply. Places are limited so we will only be able to accept a maximum of two people per publication.

We will get back to you by Friday October 20.

To request an application form and to ask any questions about the course, please email