Sharpen your journalism skills

In this section, we have brought together a series of short courses on specific subject areas. We hope they will teach you something new or help you to brush up your knowledge. 

Self-enrolment is available for the free courses. To self-enrol on any of these courses, scroll down below and click 'start course'. You will need to log in or set up a free account first.

If you would like to purchase any of the other courses on this page, please follow this link to Enrol.

As well as enrolling on the interactive eLearning courses below, you might like to join us at one of our live training sessions. Or if you would like the NCTJ to develop a bespoke resource for you or your company, please contact the NCTJ's Head of partnerships and projects  Will Gore.

Click here to find out more about our live sessions

Court reporting restrictions

Open justice is a fundamental principle - the media should be able to report fully on all cases which take place in the courts. This course is intended to help reporters covering courts to challenge reporting restrictions which are unnecessary, or wrong in law.


With media freedom comes responsibility, which is why it is vital for all journalists to know about the regulations they must abide by. This course will act as your guide to the work of IPSO, and to the requirements of the Editors' Code of Practice. 

Reporting polls

Developed in partnership with the British Polling Council and the Market Research Society, this course will explain how and why opinion polls are done, why it's important to interpret the data they produce effectively, and why polls can provide you with lots of stories. 

Writing for the web

Whether you're a blogger, just starting out as a journalist, or perhaps simply want to polish your online skills. This course looks at the opportunities and challenges of writing for the web. If you have not yet enrolled on this course, you can do so here

Fact checking and verification

Developed in partnership with Full Fact - the UK's independent fact-checking charity. This course will give you the skills and knowledge you need to become a fledgling fact checker, or to top-up your existing skills. If you have not yet enrolled on this course, you can do so here.

The essentials of media law

A course for anyone who wants a broad introduction to media law, or professional journalists keen to refresh their skills and ensure they are up-to-date with current legislation. If you have not yet enrolled on this course, you can do so here.