Journalism and Photojournalism

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Journalism and photography

News Reporter

News Reporter

News has never been more exciting, challenging and pressurised. On our course you learn the key skills you need to succeed as a reporter in any newsroom.    ...

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Sports Reporter

Sports Reporter

Sports journalists witness goals, tries, wickets and photo-finishes. You will learn to report on transfers, triumphs and tantrums.   As a sports reporter every...

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Magazine Journalist

Magazine Journalist

Glossy imagery, in-depth writing and stylish design all come together in the world of magazine journalism.   There are thousands of titles you could work for....

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Photojournalist

Photojournalist

Photojournalism is about telling stories through images. On our course you learn to take better sport, news and fashion photographs.   As a photojournalist you have to...

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What Our Former Students Are Saying

Don't just take our word for it, take a look at what former students think

“Even though I ended up choosing a different course for university, I would say this course still benefited me in the long run. It gave me a taster of what the working world was like in the industry, and I met some friends I will stay in touch with for a long time. It is a useful option for the future if I choose to venture into the photojournalism industry and definitely worth the time!”

Ella Naylor, Gap Year student, Cardiff undergraduate

“My time at Up To Speed gave me the perfect grounding for obtaining a job in journalism. I was also given additional help preparing for interviews which was extremely useful. Overall, it was a thoroughly enjoyable experience and I built up some useful contacts too.”
Jonathan Low, Sports Reporter, Reading Post.

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“As well as all I learned in order to complete the exams, the staff at Up To Speed helped me acquire some very practical skills such as finding stories and making the most of social media.  I am already finding these skills in particular invaluable in my new role.”

Elizabeth Mackley, Trainee Reporter, Swindon News

“I chose Up To Speed as I felt the intense nature and length of the course would enable me to break into the industry far quicker than if I did a degree. It meant I got the qualifications I needed to get my first job. I would highly recommend the course to anyone looking to take up journalism as a career.”

 

Jonny Bonell, Trainee Reporter, Evesham Observer

“I did the Up To Speed course after a three-year photography degree and it was such a confidence boost. It showed me I was a good photographer and pushed me to learn more and develop my skills. The lecturers are amazing. They are friendly and knowledgeable and I still receive emails from them asking me how I’m getting on in my job.”

 

Elinor Hoskins, Photographer, Archant Newspapers

“Up To Speed really has helped me start out in my career in journalism and proved to be a brilliant and cheaper alternative to university. The experience and contacts the tutors have are second to none and I would definitely recommend this course to anyone interested in this profession.”

 

Tom Crocker, Sports Writer, MSN

“Up To Speed not only taught me invaluable lessons about media law, short hand and reporting skills but also opened doors within the industry which have lead me to being the editor of a website for chefs and a regular freelance contributor to The Independent.”

 

Lee Williams, Features Editor, Staff Canteen

 

“I would recommend the photojournalist course at Up To Speed to anyone that is looking to become a press photographer. There are fantastic tutors with vast amounts of experience in the industry and with help from Tom, Hattie, Neil and the rest of the team I have landed a job as a photographer at a local newspaper and am thoroughly enjoying it.”

 

Tom Wren, Photographer, Stroud News and Journal

“There’s no doubting that Up To Speed is well worth it. I’m now working for one of the biggest agencies in Britain and I certainly wouldn’t be here without the help of Tom, Neil, Hattie and the rest of the team!”

Peter Summers, Photographer, News Team

 

“The course has set me up really well for the job and I am loving it.”

 

James Bass, Freelance editor, ESPN

“I have no hesitation in describing the knowledge, skills and experience both the course and Tom himself has provided me with as invaluable for securing a job in journalism.”

Paul Briden, Features Writer, Know Your Mobile

“It was absolutely excellent as I got the qualifications I needed and my boss was really impressed that I hadn’t just followed everyone else and gone to university.”

Laura Herbert, Senior Reporter, Reading Post

 

“My editor on placement just kept saying that it was a brilliant idea to qualify before going to university.”

Becca Parlby, Gap Year NCTJ student

“I am so pleased to have found a job writing about sport, it’s something I have always wanted to do.”

 

Chris Knight, Sports Content Writer, Moneta

“If you’re considering working in journalism, the NCTJ is the only place to start. I’d have no hesitation in recommending Up To Speed as the place to begin that career.”

Rory White, Road Tester, WhatCar?

“I thoroughly enjoyed my time at Up To Speed and it set me up well to begin my first job as a reporter.”

Hannah White, Senior Reporter, Salisbury Journal

“Tom could not have been more helpful when it came to advice and help with job applications.”

Ruth Norris, Assistant Editor, Cambridge University Press

“I learned about Twitter and blogging at Up To Speed and that’s how I became an online columnist writing about Formula 1. It’s so exciting.”

Laura Allard, F1 Blogger and Social Media Executive, Cunard

“I’m so grateful for the tuition and help I received during my time at Up To Speed and also after the course finished.”

 

Rebecca Greenow, Celebrity Writer, Reveal

  • “It is a useful option for the future if I choose to venture into the photojournalism industry and definitely worth the time!”
  • “My time at Up To Speed gave me the perfect grounding for obtaining a job in journalism.”
  • Click About At The Top Of This Page For Video Testimonials From Former Students
  • “As well as all I learned in order to complete the exams, the staff at Up To Speed helped me acquire some very practical skills such as finding stories and making the most of social media.  I am already finding these skills in particular invaluable in my new role.”
  • “I chose Up To Speed as I felt that intense nature and length of the course would enable me to break into the industry far quicker than if I did a degree. It meant I got the qualifications I needed to get my first job. I would highly recommend the course to anyone looking to take up journalism as a career.”
  • “I did the Up To Speed course after a three-year photography degree and it was such a confidence boost. It showed me I was a good photographer and pushed me to learn more and develop my skills. The lecturers are amazing. They are friendly and knowledgeable and I still receive emails from them asking me how I’m getting on in my job.”
  • “Up To Speed really has helped me start out in my career in journalism and proved to be a brilliant and cheaper alternative to university. The experience and contacts the tutors have are second to none and I would definitely recommend this course to anyone interested in this profession.”
  • “Up To Speed not only taught me invaluable lessons about media law, short hand and reporting skills but also opened doors within the industry which have lead me to being the editor of a website for chefs and a regular freelance contributor to The Independent.”
  • “I would recommend the photojournalist course at Up To Speed to anyone that is looking to become a press photographer. There are fantastic tutors with vast amounts of experience in the industry and with help from Tom, Hattie, Neil and the rest of the team I have landed a job as a photographer at a local newspaper and am thoroughly enjoying it.”
  • “There’s no doubting that Up To Speed is well worth it. I’m now working for one of the biggest agencies in Britain and I certainly wouldn’t be here without the help of Tom, Neil, Hattie and the rest of the team!”
  • “The course has set me up really well for the job and I am loving it.”
  • “I have no hesitation in describing the knowledge, skills and experience both the course and Tom himself has provided me with as invaluable for securing a job in journalism.”
  • “It was absolutely excellent as I got the qualifications I needed and my boss was really impressed that I hadn’t just followed everyone else and gone to university.”
  • “My editor on placement just kept saying that it was a brilliant idea to qualify before going to university.”
  • “I am so pleased to have found a job writing about sport, it’s something I have always wanted to do.”
  • “If you’re considering working in journalism, the NCTJ is the only place to start. I’d have no hesitation in recommending Up To Speed as the place to begin that career.”
  • “I thoroughly enjoyed my time at Up To Speed and it set me up well to begin my first job as a reporter.”
  • “Tom could not have been more helpful when it came to advice and help with job applications.”
  • “I learned about Twitter and blogging at Up To Speed and that’s how I became an online columnist writing about Formula 1. It’s so exciting.”
  • “I’m so grateful for the tuition and help I received during my time at Up To Speed and also after the course finished.”

Meet The Tutors

Find out about our staff

Faith Eckersall

Faith Eckersall

Karen Ballam

Karen Ballam

Shorthand Tutor

Ken Brown

Ken Brown

Law Tutor

Andy Martin

Andy Martin

Public Affairs Tutor

Hattie Miles

Hattie Miles

Photography Tutor

Neil Turner

Neil Turner

Photography Tutor

Rick Broadbent

Rick Broadbent

Sport Journalism Tutor

Natalie Denton

Natalie Denton

Magazine Journalism Tutor

Tom Hill

Tom Hill

Course Director