News Associates is officially the number one NCTJ journalism school in the UK. Again.

News Associates was named the UK’s number one NCTJ journalism school at the NCTJ Awards for Excellence in November 2018.

This is the fourth straight year News Associates has done the double and it makes us the top-performing journalism school in London for 11 years in a row.

The news comes as News Associates graduate Jessica Cripps was crowned NCTJ Student News Journalist of the Year at the awards ceremony which honours the best trainee and student journalists in the country.

WINNER: Jessica Cripps wins NCTJ Student News Journalist of the Year 2018

“Quite honestly, I’m on a high – I never thought I would even be selected,” said Jessica, who trained with us in London and now works at news agency Kennedy News and Media.

“It’s such an honour to even be considered among such other stellar candidates.

“I know I never would have been here without all the amazing training during my time at News Associates and all the support I’ve received after the course as well – cheers guys!”

News Associates managing editor James Toney said: “The hard work and dedication our trainees put into their studies with us never ceases to amaze me and it’s great to see that recognised by the National Council for the Training of Journalists.

“I’m sure I speak for many people when I thank our training teams in London and Manchester who work tirelessly to ensure our trainees get all the support and advice they need while they are on the course and after they graduate.”

WINNING TEAM: (L-R) Head of journalism London Graham Moody, News Associates managing editor James Toney, head of journalism Manchester Andrew Greaves, NCTJ Student News Journalist the Year Jessica Cripps and News Associates deputy managing editor Graham Dudman

News Associates course director Rachel Bull said: “I’m so proud of our amazing training team who strive to ensure we are the top-performing journalism course year after year.

“And of course our incredible trainees who work day in, day out to achieve such brilliant results both in the classroom and the newsroom.”

To apply for our NCTJ-accredited BA (Hons) Journalism degree in London or Manchester, here are the UCAS codes you need:

Course code: P500
Institution code: P63
Campus: Manchester (M) or London (L)

Got a question about how to become a journalist? Email training@newsassociates.co.uk and check out our other getting into journalism blogs here.