It offers courses in Journalism, Public Relations/Advertising, Computer Studies, French and Arabic for Government and private students in Nigeria. These courses have also been thrown open to other African countries to meet the aspirations of its founding fathers. Graduates of the Institute enjoy successful careers in the media, diplomatic corps and civil services and in the private sector in Nigeria and other countries.
The Institute has been recognised by the Nigerian Press Council as a professional Institute for the training of Journalists in accordance with NPC Decree 85 of 1992. The Institute also has linkages with educational institutes and professional Organizations in the country which offer similar courses to enable her graduands use their certificates for entry into the universities and other educational institutions of their choice in Nigeria. The Institute is run by a Board headed by a Chairman and Members constituted by the National Executive Council of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ).
A Director appointed by the Board heads the school's management. The Academic Board, a Registrar and members of academic and non-academic staff assist him. Learning and teaching facilities are provided at the Institute located at Area 11, Garki, Abuja which also serves as the temporary secretariat of the NUJ. Adequate facilities for teaching and research have been provided in the Institute. A Computer Centre with adequate facilities for training students on the latest techniques in journalism is also available.