Up to Speed Is Dedicated to Training Journalists to Stay Ahead of The Pack and On Top of The Facts.

Our innovative ground-breaking courses are geared to the future, but we also place great emphasis on traditional skills.

If you are looking for an NCTJ-accredited Fast-Track course that will help you break into the industry, or for extra professional training in online or video journalism, or if you simply want an insight into the job, we have something for you at Up To Speed.

We are particularly proud of our accreditation by the National Council for the Training of Journalists.

The journalism tutors on our 22-week NCTJ Fast-Track course have worked for both regional and national press and in broadcasting and online news for the BBC, ITN, Sky News, and ft.com. Our three main tutors in Shorthand, Law and Public Affairs have a hundred years of experience between them in their specialist areas.

What kind of journalist do you want to be?

The journalism courses at Up To Speed are designed by professional journalists and photographers to give you a real chance of achieving your ambitions.

You will be taught by professionals who have worked at the top in British media. Their knowledge and experience has been acquired at The Times, The Guardian, BBC News, The Independent, Sky News, The Times Education Supplements, and ITN.

We firmly believe the route we offer you into journalism and photography is faster, cheaper, and more popular with editors than other options. We know that editors are looking for people with The National Council for the Training of Journalists’ Diplomas in Journalism and Press Photography.

So, what kind of journalist can you become at Up To Speed?

You can train to be a news reporter or a sports reporter. You can become a feature writer for a magazine, a photojournalist covering sports, or a press photographer working on news stories.

Our next courses start on September.  We have already started making offers on these courses, so contact us today if you are interested in applying or attending one of our interview days.

All places on our courses are offered on a first-come-first-served basis.

You can take the NCTJ qualification after a degree, after your A Levels, or if you are looking for a change of direction. Many aspiring journalists see the NCTJ qualification as a credible alternative to a university degree. School-leavers who have taken Up To Speed’s courses are working as news reporters, magazine journalists, and researchers.

Welcome to the Up To Speed Fast-Track in Digital Journalism.

Take one minute to consider four questions:

  1. Can you risk signing up for any journalism course that does not teach you Shorthand?
  2. Can you expect to work as a 21st Century journalist without multi-media skills?
  3. Can you devote another full year of your life to academic study?
  4. Can you afford to spend twice as much as our fees to study for some MAs?

If the answer is ‘no’, then Up To Speed’s multi-media newsroom at the Daily Echo in Bournemouth is the place for you.

  1. If you pass your exams you will leave with the NCTJ Certificate, the most respected qualification in British journalism.
  2. You will be taught in a busy multi-media newsroom environment by tutors with a full working knowledge and appreciation of modern digital journalism and heaps of experience in both broadcast, print, and online.
  3. You will have finished the course in less than six months, leaving you with the rest of the year to reap the rewards.
  4. Graduates, gappers, and career-changers have all landed journalism jobs after taking our course.

If you are interested, Contact us to discuss. Click here to find out about our course dates and open days.