Sharpen your journalism skills
In this section, we have brought together a series of short eLearning 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, navigate into the course and select 'enrol me'. 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. Please do search our suite of skills training and exam refresher offerings; these are updated regularly. 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.

Available courses

Court reporting restrictions

FREE: 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.


FREE: 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 on climate change

FREE: Climate change poses an all-encompassing risk to human societies and lives, and tackling it will be one of the defining challenges of this century. This course will give you the foundation of knowledge necessary to tell that story in an evidence-based manner.

Reporting on migration

FREE: Migration affects almost every area of British public life in one way or another. This course is designed to provide guidance on reporting migration issues for journalists in any medium and at any stage of their career.

Reporting polls

FREE: 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.

Safety and resilience for journalists

FREE: An essential course for journalists to increase their awareness of the increasing threat to individuals that continue to arise in different contexts. Featuring contributions from industry experts, leading universities and journalists themselves, this course will ensure participants have the kn…

Teeline shorthand

FREE: Interested in shorthand? Struggling with the theory? Preparing for an NCTJ shorthand exam? This is for you! Produced by Let's Love Teeline Together, an extensive series of Teeline lessons for complete novice learners to those aiming to achieve industry 100wpm.

A journalist's guide to artificial intelligence (AI)

A comprehensive e-learning course which will provide a training
resource for journalists to include essential information on AI and how it is
affecting the role of the journalist and the industry as a whole. Enrol here

A journalist's guide to social media

A course demonstrating the basics of social media best practice in newsrooms and that teaches you how to use social media to amplify content and reach wider audiences. Enrol here.

Analytics: Understanding your audience

Data and analytics are now embedded in most content operations – tracking performance of digital content and informing decisions around story selection. This course provides essential information and guidance to equip learners with the knowledge and skills to adapt to the modern newsroom. Enrol h…

Business and economics

The economy is currently high on the news agenda as the cost of living continues to be an issue across the UK, intensified by the government’s ongoing response to the economic downturn. This course is designed to support journalists in understanding business and economics as a topic and also…

Connecting with communities

Understanding audiences is critical for journalists to achieve maximum engagement in their content across many different platforms. This course provides essential advice, different approaches and best practice to connect with audiences and enrich the quality and relevance of your content. Enrol here…

Data visualisation

The interpretation and presentation of data is increasingly important as it is the source of many important stories. With so much data available, this course shows how to source it, interpret it and present it so it is accessible to large-scale audiences. Enrol now.

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.


Have you ever wanted to write about subjects you are interested in and topics you love? To have the freedom to work to your own schedule and on a variety of issues? This course is designed to help those considering a freelance career. Enrol now.


It looks easy doesn’t it - talking to people about their passions or profession? But as anyone who interviews as a career will tell you, there is a lot of hard work, skill and experience that goes into being a good interviewer. This course will help you develop your skills. Enrol now.

Investigative journalism

Aimed at journalists who are looking to develop their investigative skills or specialise in investigations, this course will equip you with the skills and confidence to conduct public interest investigations. Enrol here.

Podcasting for journalists

Interested in producing podcasts? This course will equip you with the skills needed to produce quality, engaging content for podcasts, and with useful guidance around helping you grow a podcast audience and best practice. Enrol here.

Reporting elections

2024 will be a big year for election coverage with both the UK General Election and US election expected to take place. A number of UK councils will also have elections in May 2024. This course will outline how elections work and what you need to know as a journalist covering an election p…

Reporting on the Royal Family

This course highlights the complexities attached to reporting on the Royal Family, including legal restrictions, royal protocols and ethical considerations. It will show how to report responsibilities at a time when the UK media has faced criticism and scrutiny from the Duke and Duchess of Sussex. …