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Graduates make up more than 70 per cent of entrants to journalism, and many magazine companies recruit from journalism courses. Increasingly, they find they can pick and choose from ready-qualified potential employees and have no need to train their own new joiners.

Formal training in magazine journalism, such as that provided by the NCTJ, is the best way to go straight into magazines as a journalist.

NCTJ-accredited courses are held at colleges, universities and independent course providers. Some of these courses are for graduates only; others require five GCSEs including English and two A-levels.

All NCTJ-accredited courses cover the essential media law, public affairs and reporting skills necessary to work as a journalist as well as shorthand, which should be achieved to 100wpm. Magazine courses also cover subjects like production journalism and business of magazines. In addition there is a period of work experience on a magazine and students must complete a portfolio of work to show potential employers.

To apply for an NCTJ accredited magazine course contact the course provider directly and then the institution will advise you on how to apply. Suitable applicants are required to take a written test, and if successful, will be invited to attend a selection interview at the college of their choice.

Many journalists who sat NCTJ newspaper journalism courses successfully move from newspapers into the magazine world.

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