Apply Now  To express interest in the accredited National Council for the Training of Journalists qualifications run by News Associates.

  • Based in the heart of London and Manchester, Our Two leading sporting cities

  • Delivered by working sports journalists, To get aspiring sports journalists working.

  • News associates is officially the UK’s number one journalism course in the NCTJ results table.

  • Unrivalled job record.  Find our graduates everywhere from Sky Sports News to The Times

  • It’s not just theory, it’s practical.  Our newsroom is your classroom.

  • Sky’s the limit

    Sky’s the limit

    Tom MacLeod was working as presenter on Sky News just 18 months after graduating from News Associates.
    “I got the best possible training at News Associates, they set up me up for my job,” he said.

  • Officially the UK’s top journalism school

    Officially the UK’s top journalism school

    News Associates was again named the UK’s top NCTJ journalism course and the top fast-track course at the 2015. Indeed the top four courses in the country are all taught at our centres in London and Manchester.

  • Interviewing the big names

    Interviewing the big names

    Former trainee Sarah Gwynn now works as a senior press officer at the European PGA Tour.

  • Working abroad

    Working abroad

    Former News Associates trainee Daniella Matar is now the Italian sports correspondent of major US press agency Associated Press, covering football, skiing, tennis and rugby union.
    “I learned so much from my time at News Associates, the tutors really care about getting you into the profession,” she said.

  • Award-winning trainees

    Award-winning trainees

    Nemesha Balasundaram was named the NCTJ’s sports journalist of the year in 2015.
    She was also shortlisted for the Sports Journalists’ Association awards.

  • Top of the class

    Top of the class

    George Gigney was recognised as student journalist of the year in 2015 following his stunning NCTJ exam results.
    “If I’d studied anywhere else I would not have won this award,” he said.



NCTJ graduate Charlie Talbot Smith was recently named Young Cricket Journalist of the Year by the England and Wales Cricket Board. He now works as a reporter at Sportsbeat.

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  • “If you want a qualification to your name then pick a name out of a hat. If you want to learn how to become a proper journalist – go to News Associates.”

    Kerry McCarthy – Runner’s World


  • “The tutors know what it takes to pass the NCTJ exams and work very hard to help each trainee get there. Despite finishing the course many years ago, I still seek their advice.”

    James Andrew – Mail Online Sport


  • “Sportsbeat & News Associates gave me the best possible training coupled with great opportunities to work in radio and TV. They set me up for my current job.”

    Tom MacLeod – Sky Sports News


  • “Sports journalism taught by sports journalists, I wouldn’t look anywhere else to do your training.”

    Daniel Schofield – Daily Telegraph

  • “Be more than prepared to work incredibly hard but once you come out the other end, you will believe that the News Associates course is the best choice you’ve ever made “

    Tom Barclay – Sun Sport

  • “Choosing News Associates was the best first career move. The tutors were first class and their contacts invaluable.”

    Daniella Matar – Associated Press

  • “You will never work harder but everyone at News Associates works just as hard for you. It’s the very best place to study journalism.”

    Nick Lustig – Sky Sports News

  • “Be more than prepared to work incredibly hard but once you come out the other end, you will believe that the News Associates course is the best choice you’ve ever made “

    Tom Barclay – Sun Sport

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