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Media Insights: Journalism Workshop with News Associates

Read about press agency and journalism school News Associates, who will be running our next Media Sector Insight Event.

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23 January 2024

On Tuesday 6th February, UCL Careers are hosting a journalism workshop run by News Associates, a NCTJ journalism training school. We speak to Mollie Bourke, Marketing and Admissions Assistant for News Associates, about the workshop and other training they offer.

  1. What should expect at the workshop at UCL? 

Our trainer Lucy will take participants through a fictional breaking news story. She will get them thinking about what questions to ask like real reporters, teach them how to structure a breaking news story and provide feedback. It will be a fast-paced, hands-on exercise that will get your brain ticking and thinking like a journalist!

 She will also leave time for a Q&A and answer any questions participants have about routes into journalism and the importance of the NCTJ (the National Council for the Training for Journalists).

  1. What other training opportunities do you offer?

Our courses

We run a variety of NCTJ-accredited undergraduate and postgraduate multimedia journalism courses. Whether you want to study in-person or remotely, full-time or part-time, we have a course for you!

You'll learn everything from media law, data journalism, broadcast journalism and more.

Whether you want to become a news or sports reporter, an entertainment writer or a TV presenter, our courses will equip you with the skills you need to succeed with an ever-evolving industry.

If you’re still figuring out whether journalism is for you, check out our free, hands-on journalism workshops that will give you a glimpse into the industry and our award-winning NCTJ training. 

You can find out more about the courses we offer on the News Associates website

Summer School

Our two-week Summer School runs in our London office and is an intensive course covering the basics of news, magazine and feature writing – with an added emphasis on the growing importance of broadcast journalism, data and digital journalism and social media.

Our Summer School aims to provide foundation skills and it should appeal to those working on student media, blogs, websites and community projects.  You can find out more in our Journalism Summer School brochure.

  1. What do your Alumni say about you and what have they gone on to do? 

Kat Pirnak went to UCL and she discusses her journey from university to her job today within our article My Pathway Into Journalism.

Here are a few more testimonials from our past trainees and their job titles: 

Tasnim Chowdhury, journalism researcher BBC: “My training with News Associates was intensive but so rewarding! The NCTJ diploma helped me prepare for a career in journalism in just six months. I learnt so much from the dedicated tutors, while putting my skills to practice in the real world. News Associates gave me the confidence I needed and I highly recommend it to anyone who wants to be a journalist!”.

Kieran Jackson, The Independent formula 1 correspondent: “The sports journalism course at News Associates provided me with a range of skills which helped me at the start of my career, most notably the ability to quickly spot and break a story accurately, as well as essential components such as media law. In addition, the range of contacts and opportunities provided me with a perfect platform for work experience and, subsequently, my first job in the industry. Their advice when it comes to CVs and applying for various roles is also excellent. It’s a fairly intense nine-month course – you take on a lot quite quickly – but I’d highly recommend it to anyone looking for a first step into sports journalism”.

Flora Bowen, The Telegraph reporter: “The News Associates NCTJ diploma was super intense, which was very useful in preparing for busy newsroom life. What I also found particularly helpful were the live reporting, teamwork and interview exercises we did on the course, which developed my confidence and news-sense before I started work at the Evening Standard and then the Telegraph. It’s a great stepping stone between university and Fleet Street while you find out where you fit in journalism”.

  1. When and where is the UCL Careers workshop and how do students book?

The workshop will take place in person on campus on Tuesday 6th February from 12-2pm. To book your place and for full details, log into your MyUCLCareers account. We look forward to seeing you there (remember to bring your laptop)!