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2014 INTAKE From left, Elley Brand, Elora Burrell, Tim Birkbeck, Megan Thomas, Jo Symes, Will Rimell, Sam Poole and Craig Tilley. Picture: Allan Hutchings (142950-328)
2014 INTAKE From left, Elley Brand, Elora Burrell, Tim Birkbeck, Megan Thomas, Jo Symes, Will Rimell, Sam Poole and Craig Tilley. Picture: Allan Hutchings (142950-328)
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ARE you looking forward to reading this article?

Or would you much prefer to be writing it?!

The search is on for the next intake of budding reporters who can start making the headlines for The News through our pioneering ‘classroom in the newsroom’ partnership with Highbury College.

We are now accepting applications for the 2015 one-year Diploma in Journalism course which starts in September and provides students with everything they need to become a journalist, mixing high-quality training alongside extensive work experience at The News headquarters at 1000 Lakeside.

This will be the third year of running the course, which is fully accredited by the National Council for the Training of Journalists (NCTJ) .

Editor of The News Mark Waldron said: ‘Having studied at the college after leaving school, Highbury provided me with the best possible start to my career in journalism.

‘I am really excited that The News is fully involved in continuing this fine training tradition as we prepare today’s students for the exciting multi-media world we operate in.

‘By having the classroom in the newsroom we also provide an amazing opportunity of real-life, hands-on training for all students.’

The one-year diploma covers the essentials of journalism and includes reporting, public affairs, media law, multimedia news coverage and shorthand.

‘Students can also choose optional units including online journalism, magazines, video, sub-editing or broadcast journalism.

Nicola Phipps, editor, Creative Learning Programmes at Highbury College, said: ‘Our success in running the one-year course with The News is partly down to our experience with our award-winning fast-track NCTJ Diploma, which has been the best-performing FE fast-track in the UK for the last two years.

‘But it’s the practical training that really makes the 

If you would like to apply for our 2015 course (see panel), call (023) 9238 3131 or email to arrange an interview.

During the interview process you will also complete a current affairs and news writing test.

Highbury Success stories

Mark Austin – Journalist, ITN News at Ten

The NCTJ newspaper training course at Highbury was the best possible grounding for my early career in local newspapers and has served me well in broadcasting ever since. It is difficult to imagine a course more relevant to what I went on to do, and that surely is the ultimate test.

John Pienaar – Chief Political Correspondent, BBC Five Live

The public administration course is one of the best, lasting memories of my time at Portsmouth. Tutor David Kett’s enthusiasm for politics was contagious and frankly I’ve never shaken off the infection.’

Mark Easton – Home Editor, BBC News

A basic understanding of how stories work, how Britain’s Byzantine power structures operate, and how to write succinctly and clearly were invaluable skills. Like many graduates before me, the most important skill I learned was shorthand. I still use it every day and, although I do struggle sometimes to read my scrawl back, I regularly offer thanks to the teachers who badgered me to master it.

Chris Cramer – Senior Editor, Wall Street Journal

The NCTJ work at Highbury College gave me the skills and the confidence to realise that my path in life was to be a journalist. And it gave me the grounding to succeed in print, in radio, in television and later in digital media.

How do I get on the course?

To get on to the course you’ll need at least five A-C grades at GCSE including English and ideally you should also have achieved either two A-levels or an equivalent Level 3 qualification such as a BTEC Diploma.

To ensure you have a free place on the September 2015 course you need to be aged 18 or under on September 1, 2015. Students aged 19 and over may still be considered but fees are payable. There is an alternative 20-week short course at Highbury College.

For more information about the one-year course at The News or any of Highbury’s other media and journalism courses, please email