NCTJ Accredited Training PartnerEarn While You Learn

Want to become qualified as a journalist but cannot afford to take time out from earning a living? Then we have the perfect course for you. Study every Wednesday evening and all day Saturday, September to July, plus Monday evenings for the first term. No classes in school holidays or half-terms.

“The part-time course at Journalist Works has been invaluable. The team are all lovely, knowledgeable and go above and beyond. It has been a great way to become a journalist while still continuing my full-time job. I would recommend it to anyone interested in journalism.”

Hanna Neter, BJW part-time graduate, breakfast show presenter Juice 107.2

On Your Marks…

Our one-year, part-time course equips you with the cutting-edge skills you need to work in the fast-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 tutors have been so supportive and understand the pressures of working and studying at the same time and continuously offer words of encouragement that get you through.”

Emma Williams, BJW part-time graduate, freelance journalist and author

Get Set…

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 and not for the faint-hearted. Even when you graduate, competition for jobs is fierce – it always has been and always will be.

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.

“Amazing. Just left a brilliant course at BJW and I’ve got myself a full-time job at Trinity Mirror, writing for local papers including Crawley News and Croydon Ad. So happy! Hard work pays off.”

Sam Truelove, BJW part-time graduate,  reporter, Trinity Mirror Group. 


On our part-time course you will learn all the fundamentals of today’s multimedia journalism:

Essential Journalism

From the start you will be allocated your own patch to cover and given tips about how to develop contacts 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 online 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.

“I was desperate to get into journalism but I couldn’t afford to leave my job so studying part-time around work has been perfect for me.  Although it can be hard work, the lessons are enjoyable and the course really does prepare you for a job in the industry.”

Sheralyn Morey, BJW part-time graduate. Sub-editor.


Production Journalism

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.

Public Affairs

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.

Post-course Guidance

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 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

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