The Press Association is to launch a new multimedia foundation training course in London.
The new course, which will run from the Press Association’s headquarters in Vauxhall Bridge Road, will be based on the schemes the news agency runs from its training centre in Newcastle-upon-Tyne.
Paul Jones, Press Association’s head of foundation training, will lead the course. PA will will run two 17-week programmes each year, starting in February and August, to teach the next wave of journalists the skills necessary for a future trade likely to be dominated by digital publication.
Jones said: ‘The Newcastle centre delivers vocational learning which is then immediately put to use in a real newsroom.
‘With the Press Association news operation just one floor above our training centre, we can recreate this culture at our London centre.”
The scheme will combine the NCTJ’s syllabus – including shorthand, portfolio, news writing, public affairs and law – with teaching additional multimedia journalism practices.