Useful contacts

The National Council for the Training of Journalists

Fancy becoming a sports journalist? The National Council for the Training of Journalists  is likely to be your first port of call with the NCTJ Diploma in Journalism the widely-recognised entry-level qualification.

The NCTJ delivers industry standard qualifications for pre-entry and trainee journalists as well as professional qualifications for working journalists. Many courses in this country are NCTJ-approved.

Their website should be go-to as there is so much information about the different courses. For instance how about a route into magazine journalism? Or production journalism?  The NCTJ also offers a specialist option in broadcast journalism.

The Broadcast Journalism Training Council

The BJTC is a partnership of UK media employers and education providers with a shared goal of ensuring the highest professional standards of journalism training. Generally these courses are broadcast-led but with the general blurring of the lines in this industry, both NCTJ and BJTC can accredit the same course.

The European Journalism Training Association

(EJTA) is a formal network of authorised European journalism training centres, enabling cooperation and exchanges of students and teachers. The non-profit organisation was founded in Brussels in 1990 and its office is located in Mechelen. The network has over 55 members from 25 different European countries. 

NCTJ Level 5 Certificate in Professional Sports Journalism

Sky Sports News runs a bespoke professional training course for its employees to take their knowledge, skills and confidence to the next level. Candidates work towards gaining the NCTJ Level 5 Certificate in Professional Sports Journalism. 

The Journalism Diversity Fund

The Journalism Diversity Fund was set up in 2005 with a donation of £100,000 from the Newspaper Licensing Agency (now NLA media access). It is supported by those in the industry who want to make newsrooms better reflect communities they serve by encouraging people from ethnically and socially diverse backgrounds to train as journalists. The fund is administered by the NCTJ and aimed at aimed at people without the financial means to attend the Diploma in Journalism courses.

SJA Sports Journalism Diversity Scholarship (in partnership with News Associates and Sportsbeat)

In March 2019, the SJA announced the launch of a journalism diversity scholarship in partnership with News Associates and Sportsbeat. The successful applicant will have their fees covered while they undertake their NCTJ Diploma in Multimedia Sports Journalism at News Associates, with the option of studying in either London or Manchester, from September 2, 2019.

At the conclusion of their studies the successful candidate will be offered a full-time four-month contract at national press agency Sportsbeat, commencing May 2020 based in London.

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:

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: