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 following free courses: IPSO and Reporting polls. To self-enrol on either of these courses, scroll down below and click start course. You will need to log in or set up a free account.

To purchase any of the other courses on this page please follow the link and Enrol now.

As well as enrolling on the interactive e-learning courses below, you might like to join us at one of our live training sessions. 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.

Upcoming live training:

17 January - Editing skills: Proofreading and punctuation
18 January - Journalism to PR
18 January - Editing skills: House style and spelling problem words
19 January - Editing skills: Engaging your readers
20 January - Editing skills: Story structure and grammar
21 January - Writing for the web, SEO and headlines
25 January - Feature writing
2 February - Data journalism

Click here to find out more about our live sessions.


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 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

A course developed in partnership with Full Fact - the UK's independent fact-checking charity. 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.