Most people find employment in the industry after completing training courses either following A-levels or undergraduate degrees.
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 provide training in online journalism. Many have their own student websites that you can write for, as well as covering blogging and social media. All courses also cover the essential media law, public affairs and reporting skills necessary to work as a reporter as well as shorthand, which should be achieved to 100wpm.