I’m Training To Be a Journalist!

Having this blog and writing for a magazine has motivated me to want to be the best writer I can be. That’s why I’m training to be a Journalist!

I have no formal training in writing but felt like it was something I needed to do to improve my writing skills. I started to research the options which included short-term courses, long-term courses, some costing hundreds of pounds and others costing thousands! I  instantly knew I didn’t want to get a degree in journalism because I have a degree already and such a lengthy and expensive qualification didn’t seem to be the right fit for me….but what would be?

After hours of detailed research I decided to do the NCTJ Diploma in Journalism. From looking at Journalist job adverts I kept seeing ‘NCTJ qualified’ pop up so it definitely seemed like a worthwhile course to do.

I’ve chosen to do the online option so I can fit it around work and everything else I’ve got going on!

For the course I’ll be learning about:

  • Reporting  – This module is so interested because you learn about newsgathering, interviewing and writing and creating news stories to allow you to write clean copy.
  • Essential Media Law -This is all about knowing  the legal boundaries of what you can and cannot report.
  • Essential Public Affairs -For this you learn about local and central government.
  • Eportfolio – You complete a portfolio of 10 articles that you write through attending a work experience placement.
  • Shorthand –  For the course you learn Teeline shorthand which allows you to write notes much quicker for example when interviewing someone. It looks like another language!

Those are the core subjects that everyone has to learn  but you also get to choose 2 additional units to study. I’ve chosen Business of Magazines and Sports Journalism. Improving my knowledge of writing for magazines will be extremely valuable and anyone who knows me knows what a major sports fan I am so those were the natural options for me to go for!

As far as what you get from the course the resources are quite old school. It’s text books and a cd-ROM with lots of PDF’s on it for you to read. Exams need to be passed to achieve the qualification which means I have lots of revision ahead of me but I know all the hard work will be worth it in the end!

I’ll keep you updated with how it goes!



  1. 18th September 2016 / 5:08 pm

    Good luck and I hope you enjoy the course! :o)

    • 18th September 2016 / 5:13 pm

      Thank you! I’m finding it really interesting.

  2. 10th November 2016 / 10:01 am

    I did this course at a further education college last year and I’m still resitting the exams now! I wish I’d have done the online course so I could work and balance and study in my own time. I also wish I’d have been able to pick my options as we didn’t get the choice at my college. I’d have picked the same two options as you have! Good luck with the course; I enjoyed the studying part of it!

    Sian x

    • Tracey Dean
      11th November 2016 / 10:13 am

      Thanks so much Sian 🙂 What options were you given? x

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