Other resources

There is a myriad of options available to prospective sports journalists, regardless of their education, background or interests.

However, when the wealth and variety of training courses is so vast, you may need a helping hand in separating the good from the bad. Hopefully, some of the resources here can do just that.

You’ll find details of the NCTJ, BJTC and PTC, the three main course-accrediting bodies; some practical resources offering excellent opportunities for study, as well as other useful sources of information for journalism training and work experience placements. There’s even information on potential grants and scholarships for young journalists.

First port of call, of course, is the latest news on the SJA website, in particular training news and jobs news. All are regularly updated.

To contact the SJA, email info@sportsjournalists.co.uk

Association for Journalism Education

While they officially represent journalism lecturers in higher education, they also showcase some outstanding articles on journalism training as well as detailing the latest developments in journalism courses.

Web: http://www.ajeuk.org/

Contact: theajeuk@gmail.com

BBC College of Journalism

The BBC’s training website is primarily used to educate their vast nexus of journalists around the globe, but anyone can use the site’s resources for free. You’ll find basic exercises on media law and news writing through to debate and context on some of the world’s most complex political issues.

Web: http://www.bbc.co.uk/journalism/


The Broadcast Journalism Training Council accredits 69 courses across the country, all of which focus particularly on broadcasting, and also has links with organisations such as the BBC, ITV and Sky News. They also offer career advice and work placement details.

Web: http://www.bjtc.org.uk/

Contact: 01778 440025 / sec@bjtc.org.uk


The European Journalism Training Association aims to advance journalism training across 24 countries, and provides details on innovative journalism from around the world. There are four British members: City University, University of Lincoln, Southampton Solent University and PMA Media Training.

Web: http://www.ejta.eu

Contact: +31 43 325 40 30/ info@ejta.eu


Hold the Front Page

The home of UK regional newspapers lists the latest developments in journalism training and trainee vacancies as well as offering the chance for journalists with varying degrees of experience to upload their CV.

Web: http://www.holdthefrontpage.co.uk/

Contact: 01332 253064 / editor.htfp@and.co.uk


Journalism Diversity Fund

Offers to pay fees for NCTJ courses for anyone from a diverse background who may not have the financial resources to do so.

Web: http://www.journalismdiversityfund.com/

Contact: 01799 544014 / journalismdiversityfund@nctj.com


A dedicated media recruitment website. It has an extremely thorough and regularly updated internship and work experience section for placements in sport and beyond.

Web: http://www.medianation.co.uk/

Contact: editor@medianation.co.uk

Media Trust

Organises and promotes a whole host of opportunities to help youngsters progress in the world of media, which includes mentoring schemes, volunteer reporter jobs and writing competitions.

Web: http://www.mediatrust.org/

Contact: 020 7871 5600 / info@mediatrust.org


Established in 1951, the National Council for the Training of Journalists accredits 68 courses across the country. Also hosts awards and offers careers advice.

Web: http://www.nctj.com/

Contact: 01799 544014 / info@nctj.com


The National Union of Journalists provides a series of student-specific services such as careers advice and work experience guidelines.

Web: http://www.nujtraining.org.uk/

Contact: training@nuj.org.uk

Ones to Watch Media

Guardian-affiliated website that showcases the best student media from around the web as well as listing details of job opportunities, work experience and writing competitions for young journalists.

Web: http://onestowatchmedia.com/

Contact: news.onestowatch@gmail.com

Press Gazette

An unrivalled source for the latest developments in journalism. Plus, you’ll also find a dedicated training section and the latest vacancies for trainee journalists.

Web: http://www.pressgazette.co.uk/

Contact: 0207 336 5327 / pged@pressgazette.co.uk



The Periodicals Training Council is the leading body for training in the magazine industry, offering tailored courses and qualifications for those seeking to enter magazine journalism as well as accrediting other magazine-based courses.

Web: http://ppa.new.fsite.com/cgi-bin/wms.pl/175

Contact: 020 7400 7533 / sarah-jane.macgregor@ppa.co.uk


The Scott Trust

The sole shareholder of the Guardian Media Group also has a dedicated charitable arm known as The Scott Trust Charitable Fund which, among other things, awards eight bursaries every year to prospective journalists to study on some of the country’s most respected postgraduate journalism courses.

Web: http://www.gmgplc.co.uk/the-scott-trust/the-scott-trust-foundation

Contact: 020 3353 2000 / scott.trust@guardian.co.uk


Trust Media

Part of the Thomson Reuters Foundation, Trust Media is a global operation of media training that reaches 8000 participants in 170 countries and is at the cutting edge of the latest developments in global journalism, offering useful handbooks and tips for new or experienced journalists.

Web: http://www.thomsonreutersfoundation.org/trustmedia/

Contact: 020 7542 7015 / form on website


Wannabe Hacks

A website ran by student journalists for student journalists. The editors chronicle their own experiences on the job hunt while also debating the big media issues of the day, detailing opportunities and offering invaluable tips for young journalists.

Web: http://wannabehacks.co.uk/

Contact: Form on website



A unique online Citizen TV channel which offers free training to volunteer learners about how to make effective and hard-hitting broadcast journalism.

Web: http://www.worldbytes.org/

Contact: 020 8985 5435 / info@worldbytes.org


Young Journalists’ Academy

Their primary operation is a summer school based in Canary Wharf, which offers a fantastic introduction to journalism for London’s state-school pupils. They also have a graduate network and do some work in schools.

Web: http://www.yja.org.uk/

Contact: 020 7430 2386 / enquiries@yja.org.uk