"For two years running students have won “Scoop of the Year!” at Brighton Journalist Works. It's a first-class course."
Joanna Butcher, Chief Executive, NCTJ
NCTJ Diploma in Journalism - Fast-track and Part-time
Multimedia Journalism Preparation
No other NCTJ course in the UK prepares you better for the blistering pace of today's newspapers, magazines and online publications. From day one you are given opportunity and experience of working in a daily newspaper office (The Argus). And we organise at least three weeks' work experience for you after the course with prestigious publications like Esquire, Men's Health, Time Out, The Argus and other newspapers,magazine and websites.
We have a team of tutors with many decades of real world journalism experience in all media. We teach you the fundamentals and much more.
"The fast pace of the course does a lot to prepare you for what your working day as a journalist will be like. Expect the unexpected!"
Katie Clark, JW graduate, Chief Reporter, Bournemouth Echo
One Step Closer to Being a Journalist
By enrolling on this course, your goal of being a successful multi-media journalist will be one step closer. We'll ensure that you have the best chance of qualifying as an industry-recognised journalist, with key experience and invaluable contacts.
We'll teach you essential skills and help you develop an impressive portfolio. We'll even help you settle in, especially if you’re new to Brighton. Ask us for our accommodation info pack.
Make no mistake the NCTJ course is hard work, intensive and not for the faint-hearted. The exams are externally set and marked, and national pass rates hover around the 50% mark. Even when you graduate it's competitive to get a job - always has been, always will be. But our exam pass rates are among the best in the country, around 80-90%, and by the end of your time with us you should have your NCTJ exams, work experience and a portfolio of published work - everything you need to get a job. Our graduates are working at all the top newspapers, magazines and websites in the country.
Fast-track: Fourteen Weeks of Journalism Fundamentals
In just fourteen weeks you'll learn all the fundamentals of today's journalism:
- News Gathering
- News and Feature Writing
- Media Law
- Public Affairs
Discover how to:
- Write and research online
- Maximise social media
- Design and lay out pages
- Write for magazines, newspapers and online
- Create and write a blog
- Cut and correct stories
- Write your own page on The Argus website
- Shoot and edit video
For those who prefer to specialise in magazines, you can take the NCTJ 'Business of Magazines' module, free of charge.
"The NCTJ Diploma in Journalism is essential to get a job in journalism. I don't recruit anyone without it. And Brighton Journalist Works is the best place to get the Diploma: I recruit pretty much all my trainees direct from Brighton Journalist Works."
Michael Beard, Editor, The Argus
"All the tutors on the course were fantastic, but our public affairs tutor in particular took what could have been quite a dry subject and made every class entertaining."
Nikki Corfield, Graduate, winner of NCTJ 2009 Best Public Affairs Part One exam paper (93%)
Real Assignments, Real Opportunity
As we're in The Argus students have the opportunity to mix with reporters and editors. Real-life assignments are regularly handed out by Argus staff from day one. You will have direct access to the news desk and help and advice from senior staff. You will be given your own patch to report on and a community page on the Argus website. You could get a front page by-line by the end of the first week like two of our recent students. It’s a golden opportunity to get published.Our students are thoroughly prepared for web-based journalism. In today's market, publishers are increasingly developing their online presence.You'll learn how to write and sub-edit for online newspapers and magazines. We also teach you video-production and editing, giving you multi-media understanding and proficiency.
NEW part-time NCTJ Diploma in Journalism- starts September 2013
Earn while you learn to be a journalist.
Want to become qualified as a journalist but can’t afford to take time out from earning a living? Then this course is for you.
Study every Monday evening from 6-9pm and every Saturday from 9-5 for 28 weeks, plus two weeks full-time. You’ll take all the same modules as the full time course to become a qualified journalist, and take NCTJ exams.
How to apply: the process is the same as for the full-time Diploma in Journalism. Apply online for the September 2013 course, explain that you want to apply to study part-time and you will be invited for interview and to take the NCTJ Aptitude Test.
Dates: Sept 2013 to December 2013, Christmas break, then January 2014 to April 2014. Two full –time weeks: choose either first two weeks in January, or two weeks in April, or one week in early January, one week in April.
"I walked straight into a job as a journalist on the Brighton and Hove Leader, before leaving a year later to take up the post as a television journalist with ITV News. I've worked on documentaries and news. I honestly couldn't have asked for a better start in journalism."
Jasmine Comer, Graduate, Freelance Journalist
When students graduate they have their own portfolio, filled with book reviews, features and picture stories - many printed in The Argus.
During the process you will
- Build Up Your Writing Confidence
- Improve Your Style
- Tighten Your Grammar
- Equip Yourself With All The Necessary Skills
The course costs £3950. (Or £3550 if you pay within four weeks of receiving an offer of a place.) Much better value than a post-graduate course at £9,000 or more, or an undergraduate course at £9,000 per year. We accept payment in installments and our course is approved for the PCDL loan scheme, and for the Journalism Diversity Fund grant scheme.
"At the end of their time with us students should have their NCTJ exams, a portfolio of published work and three weeks or more of work experience. That should get them to interview stage for journalism jobs. The rest is up to them."
Paula O'Shea, MD, Journalist Works
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