On Your Marks...
Our 16-week Fast Track course at Brighton Journalist Works equips you with the cutting-edge skills you need to work in the ever-changing world of journalism.
From day one, working with our copy editor, you have the chance to see your own byline in one of the city’s newspapers or online newsfeeds.
We organise at least three weeks’ work experience with prestigious organisations such as The Mail on Sunday’s YOU magazine, Mirror Online, Brighton Fringe, Men’s Health and the Brighton and Hove Independent.
Our team of tutors has a lifetime of real-world journalism experience in newspapers, magazines, TV, radio, online and PR. They will teach you the fundamentals and much more.
“The work ethic and solid foundation that is expected and instilled in you from the first day gave me a massive injection of confidence.”
Finlay Renwick, BJW graduate, online reporter, Esquire Magazine
We will make sure you have the best chance of leaving BJW with a qualification recognised across the industry. The National Council for the Training of Journalists accredits all our courses.
We will teach you the essential skills you need and help you to develop an impressive portfolio.
We will even help you settle in, especially if you are new to Brighton. Ask us for our accommodation info pack.
Make no mistake, this NCTJ-accredited course is hard work, intensive and not for the faint-hearted. Even when you graduate, competition for jobs is fierce – it always has been, and always will be.
But by the end of your time with BJW you should have your NCTJ exams, three weeks’ work experience and a portfolio of published work – everything you need to get a good job.
On our full-time Fast Track course you will learn all the fundamentals of today’s multimedia journalism:
From the start you will be allocated your own patch to cover and given tips about how to develop contacts there and dig up stories.
You will learn how to write news stories and features for newspapers, magazines and online. You will also be given a practical understanding of the ethical issues which confront journalists in their day-to-day work.
A BJW course will equip you with the essential skills to be a multimedia journalist – shooting and editing video on your mobile phone, data journalism (crunching numbers to get a story out of them), blogging and tweeting.
Media Law and Court Reporting
All journalists must know the legal and regulatory boundaries of what they can and cannot report – this includes both the IPSO and Ofcom codes of practice. We will take you to Crown Court and magistrates’ court so you can learn court reporting at first hand.
You will compile an e-portfolio of news stories, magazine features, videos and blogs – just what you need to impress your future employer.
Shorthand – the ability to take down quickly and accurately what someone says – is a vital skill for any journalist, and one that will stay with you for the rest of your life. The NCTJ’s Gold Standard is to achieve at least 100 words per minute (wpm) and be able to identify a newsworthy quote.
“Ignore anyone that says shorthand is useless – especially younger journalists who think that just because you can record interviews or speeches on a dictaphone it’s unnecessary; it’s much faster to transcribe Teeline than it is an audio file.”
Aubrey Allegretti, BJW graduate, reporter, Huffington Post
You will learn all the necessary skills. How to design a page in a newspaper, a magazine or a website and place the copy and pictures. Headline writing. Search engine optimization. Desktop publishing with Adobe InDesign. How to edit different types of stories. Typography. Pictures and captions. And how to proof read your finished work.
All journalists need a broad understanding of how government works at local and national levels, how they link together, where news stories come from and how to develop those stories.
You can take this course part-time
You can study for the NCTJ Diploma in Journalism part-time, so you are able to earn while you learn.
We offer our graduates advice on cover letters, CV writing and pitching stories – vital in today’s marketplace. We are also on-hand to answer questions by email and phone. We are supportive of our graduates and they often let us know how they are getting on. We are always pleased to hear from them.
For information about fees and loans for all of our courses visit the fees page.
Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 01273 671685 to talk through your options.
“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 the interview stage for that first job in journalism. The rest is up to them.”
Richard Lindfield, MD, Brighton Journalist Works