15/4/14 TOM NEWCOMBE IS BUSY ROVING THE WORLD
One or two PMAers couldn't make the reunion on 4 April, mostly for work reasons. We understand the high-flying apology Tom sent in. He is the Digital Editor of Buying Business Travel and was 'away with a work assignment'.... probably somewhere swish!
He did send these kind words though: "Also a thank you to you and Keith for giving me the opportunity to pursue this career. Everything is going well in the new job, which wouldn't have been possible without PMA."
15/4/14 AIYSHA REPORTS ON PROPERTY
Aiysha Mahmood has joined Property Week as a reporter. She is looking forward to the challenges and scoops her new job offers and wrote to say, "I wanted to thank you for giving me the chance to do the course. I have learnt so much and could not have gained the confidence I have now if I hadn't had done the course. Your support and belief in my ability kept me going, so thank you for that."
We're interviewing now for the Summer course. We specialise in bringing out your inner confidence that makes top titles want to hire you.
9/4/14 GREETINGS FROM PMAers IN OZ
There were celebrations downunder on Friday when we had our 25-year reunion party. Here are comments from two of them — Rory Kinsella and Michael Stoneman:
"We heard PMA was having a birthday today so Mike and I thought we would meet up. We're celebrating in Sydney - sorry we can't be with you. We've both lived here for three or four years and loving the lifestyle - but obviously missing the rainy grimness of King's Cross.
Mike is a super sport freelancer having covered four summer and winter Olympics. I'm the features editor of ninemsn, Australia's most popular news website.
Hope you are well and best wishes from the Southern Hemisphere."
Rory and Mike.
1/4/14 PRINT WEEK HIRES RICHARD STUART-TURNER
Richard graduated in March and has just secured a job where he went on placement. He told us, "PrintWeek just offered me a maternity cover News Reporter job off the back of my placement there during my course! I definitely couldn't have got there without the course!"
29/3/14 25-YEAR REUNION ATTRACTS JOURNALISM'S GLITTERATI
PMAers are at the heart of the media world. Coming along to the London party are Mike Butcher, who runs TechCrunchEurope and Mark Kleinman, City Editor at Sky News. We also have Dominic Maxwell, The Times' Chief Theatre Critic and Matt Slater from BBC Sports. Among the women attending are Sarah MacKinlay who launched Total Politics magazine, and Petah Marian, the editor of Menswear Insight. The hundreds of other high-flyers who are attending, or celebrating in Australia or elsewhere to keep us company, all share that comraderie we build on the course.
OPEN DAY — 7 April, 6-7.30pm
PMA is coming under the Press Association banner in a few short weeks, and the same driving passion for journalism will be continued. Developing careers in newspapers, TV and online is a natural progression for our postgrads. We are interviewing now for the summer course. If you want to learn more about the course, come along to the next Open Day on Monday 7 April, from 6-7.30pm at the Press Association. Call 020 7963 7920 or email
to book your place.
13/3/14 TWO PROMOTIONS FOR RECENT PMAers
Emma Maier, class of 2003, has been appointed Deputy Editor of the highly-respected Health Service Journal.
Matt Scott, class of 2013, is now Digital Insight Editor of Insurance Times. A meteoric rise!
12/3/14 25 YEARS OF PMA-ers — REUNION PARTY
Our Alumni are RSVP-ing thick and fast to come along to our celebration in April. As Heath Reidy says, "I've realised it's something I couldn't possibly miss, as PMA is where my career in journalism started."
12/3/14 PADDY HARRIS SUMMER 2013 HAS A NEW JOB
Paddy just rang to let us know he's starting work as assistant editor on Oil and Gas Technology, printed in five languages and based in New Oxford Street, London.
There's still time to apply for this summer's course. We are interviewing now.
7/3/14 GRADUATION DAY — 2 GRADS HAVE JOBS ALREADY!
The market for PMAers is as buoyant as ever. Hywel Roberts has started work as a reporter on HR Magazine and in a week's time Lauren Houghton starts her new job at Big Hospitality.
The other postgrads are on first and second interviews for titles ranging across consumer and business publishing. Their digital, social and video skills added to their writing and editing skills make it easy for editors to decide to hire.
5/3/14 DAN KEMP BEST GRADUATE OF THE YEAR AWARD - PPA
Last night Dan triumphed in his role as reporter on EMAP's Construction News magazine, coming through as HIghly Commended in a closely-fought category sponsored by Zinio. He graduated in Winter 2013 and this is his second nomination for an award in a year. He's definitely one to watch.
The PPA New Talent Awards took place at The Brewery in central London with leading publishers sponsoring the categories.
24/2/14 DEPUTY SPORTS ED OF THE GUARDIAN IS A PMAer
We're gathering all past alumni for the grand 25th anniversary. And Stephen McMillan confirmed his invitation acceptance today. He's the Guardian's Deputy Sports Editor. Goes to show that the PTC accreditation prepares you just as well (if not better we'd say) as the NCTJ qualification for a senior role in the national press.
We have PMAers across The Times, The Sunday Times, The Daily Telegraph, The Independent and all the tabloids too.
24/2/14 APPLICATIONS ARRIVING FOR THE SUMMER COURSE
We interview all candidates here at the Press Association... even providing you with lunch and a tour of PA. You'll get to talk to the journalists as they work on stories and edit content sent out across the media world. This way you'll get the buzz of what it's like to learn surrounded by some of the UK's top journalists. Our dedicated training suites are on the ground floor and open 24/7 (should you want to stay late or start early).
It's a great learning experience. Make sure your application attracts the eye of the tutors. Check your spelling and punctuation. Mention interesting things about yourself. Include links to work you have written, and your blog (haven't got a blog?.. then set one up now) and show how passionate you are about becoming a journalist.
We welcome applications from those who want to change careers, as well as those who want to boost their job prospects straight from university.
17/2/14 PARTY TIME - 25 YEARS OF POSTGRADS
The invitations are going out to around 1000 PMAers. The search for all those who trained with us pre-internet days (yes we started on typewriters with coins for the payphone) is proving challenging. But we'll find them.... It's gonna be a great gathering on April 4.
4/2/14 POTENTIAL NEW JOBS SENT DIRECT TO PMAers
The multimedia magazine industry favours coming direct to PMA when they want a reliable pair of hands for their reporter and subbing jobs. They know the calibre of people we produce in just nine weeks. UBM sent through two jobs today for one of their flagship titles. We aim to make it easier for your name to go to the top of the candidates' pile.
MONDAY 3 MARCH NEXT PMA OPEN DAY
To book your place, please call Joseph on 020 7963 7920 or email
. You'll meet the tutors, talk to the current postgrads, see the training centre, the latest iMacs you'll be working on and get a guided tour around the 24/7 multimedia Press Association where you will be based during the course.
30/1/14 PMAer TAKES OVER EDITORSHIP OF BROADCAST MAGAZINE FROM ANOTHER PMAer!
Chris Curtis has taken up this prestigious editorship from another PMA postgraduate, Lisa Campbell. Chris is from the class of winter 2000, and has been working as the deputy editor of the flagship Emap title for the past eight years.
Lisa has been appointed director of the Guardian Edinburgh International Television Festival, starting on 24 February. She has been with the TV industry weekly for a decade and editor since 2007. Lisa is from our class of summer 1996.
13/1/14 DAN KEMP IS NOMINATED FOR A PPA AWARD
Dan is clocking up another shortlist nomination as the PPA's Best Graduate/Intern of the Year. He is a multi-media journalist with Emap's Construction News, and this is his second nomination for an award in three months. He graduated from the course less than a year ago.
13/1/14 POLLY BRYAN APPOINTED DEPUTY ED OF POLO TIMES
Barely 18 months since graduating, Polly is taking up the deputy editorship on this prestigious magazine. Previously she was determined to break into equine journalism only to find that PMAers were pipping her to the posts. So she took the course and landed her dream job. As Polly says, "Just to let you know that I have been promoted, and am now deputy editor, which is exciting. It's a lot of work, but plenty more in the way of big interviews and features, as well as staying in charge of everything online etc. I'm also off to China again on Monday!"
Note the word 'again'.
10/1/14 TOM NEWCOMBE SHORTLISTED IN 30 JOURNALISTS TO WATCH IN 2014
Tom Newcombe is listed alongside other high-flying young journos (mainly from the national press and TV) as one to watch for great career paths. Well he's started the year with a great new job — online editor of Buying Business Travel, and as he says, "I'm hoping this means a lot of travelling preferably business class!"
We'll let you know how he gets on... meanwhile we're all a little jealous of his travel prospects.
10/1/14 PREVIOUS PMAers TWEET US TO COME AND MEET THE NEWBIES
Well Tom Dines the FT's pensions expert has asked to be asked in. In his own words he's a 'keeno'. That's why we chose him for the course in the first place.
7/1/14 WELCOME TO THE NEW POSTGRADS 2014
We are barely into 2014 and already we've posted three new jobs on our LinkedIn Alumni Group site. This Winter's group will benefit from our unique job portal... only alumni can join. PMAers like to offer their jobs to other PMAers. That's how we make sure you hear about jobs before they are advertised elsewhere.
Apply now for the summer course, and it could be you getting the inside track on journalism jobs.
26/11/13 DAN KEMP GRADUATED 2013 WINS AWARD
Dan, class of Winter 2013, a multi-media journalist with Emap's Construction News, is already making huge progress in his career. He was recognised by his industry peers as a rising star. Dan sent this message to us yesterday:
'I was Highly Commended at the IBP (International Building Press) Awards last week. I was nominated in the Multi-Media Journalist of the Year category - and the judges said that, although I didn't win, they wanted to give me the HC as I was "one to watch for the future".
25/11/13 GROUND-BREAKING SUCCESS WITH APPRENTICES
It's only been a couple of weeks since our Apprentices went out on work placement, and already the plaudits are coming in with their success. Here's what Mark Allen Group say: 'Your student has been amazing! He has settled in really well and tackling some challenging issues.' They are great ambassadors for PMA.
If you are considering taking an alternative route into the media avoiding three years at university and the accrued debts, then we'd love to hear from you. We are recruiting now for the Autumn 2014 course.
13/11/13 WILL DREW WINS BUSINESS BRAND EDITOR 2013
This week's BSME awards saw Will Drew, the Editor of Restaurant Magazine, published by William Reed, as the business brand editor of the year. Will is just one of our illustrious postgraduates who says (very kindly) that he owes his success in part to the good training he received as a PMA Postgraduate.
There were many other winners at the awards who have also taken PMA courses as part of their professional career development. It's good to think we have a hand in developing some of Britain's greatest journalism talents.
28/10/13 ANOTHER FEW DAYS TO APPLY FOR THE WINTER COURSE
We know how some people leave things until the last minute. So don't delay and send that application in now. You have nothing to lose and everything to gain.
We are also allocating places for the summer 2014 course. Please make sure of your place and apply early to avoid disappointment.
22/10/13 CAROLINE DONNELLY NOMINATED FOR A FEATURES AWARD
Caroline posted this comment on Facebook, so we thought we'd share this with you:
"Not usually one to blow my own trumpet, but a feature I wrote earlier this year has been shortlisted for an award. An actual award. Not even one my Mum and Dad have made up, either.
"The article is up for Best Overall Information Security Feature Article of the Year in the BT Information Security Journalism Awards (bit of a mouthful), and I just have to wait until 28 November to see if I've won. If you like, you can read it here. "
11/10/13 POST A LEVEL STUDENTS ARE SHAPING UP WELL
There's a steely determination in the Post A Level group to prove they are skilled and mature enough to enter into a media career straight from school (with a bit of help from PMA). We will keep you updated with their progress. Meanwhile, read their blogs to find out how they are getting along — in their own words.
8/10/13 DOMINIC MAXWELL APPOINTED CHIEF THEATRE CRITIC ON THE TIMES
Another success story for PMA. Dominic, who took the postgrad course in the summer of '93 has succeeded Libby Purves to the post. Don't believe the myth that you can only work on national newspapers if you take an NCTJ course.
Dominic is one of many PMAers who earn their living as senior national newspaper or broadcast journalists.
23/9/13 TOMO TAKES ON A DIGITAL JOURNALISM ROLE AT PROGRESSIVE MEDIA
Tomo Takabatake who completed the Summer 2013 course a couple of weeks ago is working across all Progressive's titles — writing blogs, social media communications, shooting and editing video and generally keeping their online and digital content fresh and up-to-date. Some of the titles he works on include: Eat Out Magazine, Cosmetics Technology, Airport Technology, Retail Business Review, Hotel Management and Packaging Today. They will keep him very busy.
16/9/13 KATIE MORLEY WINS PRESTIGIOUS AWARD
Summer 2010 is a vintage year for PMA postgrads. Katie won Pensions Journalist of the Year 2013 for her work on Investors Chronicle. She beat rivals from all the national newspapers including FT Money, the Telegraph, Money Mail and the Daily Express. Read more here. Congratulations Katie.
16/9/13 AMIT KATWALA WINS YOUNG JOURNALIST OF THE YEAR
Another Summer 2010 award winner. Amit, who writes for Sport Magazine, won his in 2012 at the GG2 Awards. Take a look at the line up for his presentation here. Congratulations Amit.
9/9/13 POSTGRAD LEAVES THE COURSE WITH A JOB!
We've kept up our unrivalled success of getting postgrads into jobs by the end of the course. Nina Pullman starts work at the end of September on Fresh Produce Journal. Her globe-trotting days are just beginning sampling and writing about all that exotic fruit and veg.
The rest of this summer's PMAers are going for interviews and doing freelance work. Watch this space for more job news.
We are currenlty interviewing for places on the Winter 2014 course starting on 6 January. Apply now to avoid disappointment.
27/8/13 GONE TO PRESS AND GONE TO WORK
The summer postgrads are a highly-organised bunch. They met their press deadline with a day to spare and are now working hard to impress their work placement editors.
Jobs are coming in offering our latest group opportunities you wont find advertised to the wider public. That's because former PMAers like to offer jobs to people they know can hack the pace and multimedia content they will have to turn around in any new journalism post.
We are currently interviewing for the last few places on the Autumn Post A-Level and Winter Postgraduate courses.
18/7/13 NEW POSTGRADS ARE VIDEOING TODAY
There are teams of PMA video journalists along Oxford Street and Covent Garden today sourcing stories for their new DestinationBusiness app and magazine. That means interviewing people in lots of shops and restaurants. We're looking forward to the edited results tomorrow.
Then it's on to learning how to record and produce a podcast.
17/7/13 ROYALTY ARRIVES AT PMA
Well almost. Prince Andrew visited the Press Association today for a meeting with The Society of Editors. Our Postgrads were busy learning social media marketing on the ground floor, and the meeting took place in the penthouse. At least he drove here himself.
12/7/13 TRAVEL JOURNALISM JOB FOR CLAIRE
Claire Twyman (summer 2011) has been promoted to staff journalist for Study Travel Magazine, part of Hothouse Media. It is aimed at people who want to recruit students to study abroad. So Claire gets to travel as well as write news and features, sub-edit, manage their social media campaigns and organise events. She's a one-woman multimedia journalist. That's typical of today's jobs in media. And it's what this summer's course will be equipped to do by September.
9/7/13 FIRST WEEK JITTERS
Everyone was on time for the sweltering start to the Summer course. The aircon was on, but the temperature was rising as they got cracking with their new regime. This year's magazine course is producing a digital first mobile app, and then going to print. It's what the magazine world expects from new recruits now.
Read the blog to keep track of the thrills and spills.