Journalism apprenticeship

Journalism apprenticeship

Journalists bring you the news from your street, community, town or city, and from around the world.

They keep you informed and up to date, about where you live and work or what you do or are interested in. They bring you the news on television, on the radio, in print, on websites and on mobile devices.

Journalism is fast changing and full of opportunity. New technology and publishing platforms mean more people read news reports than ever before, and those reports are sourced faster than ever before.

As an apprentice journalist you will find out how the industry works and gain core journalism skills, such as reporting and editing, in the workplace. Your training will be supported by gaining a qualification designed and developed in conjunction with industry leaders by the National Council for the Training of Journalists.

As well as learning how to find and tell a story you will gain knowledge of public affairs, media law, court reporting, news reporting and shorthand.

You will probably begin your training as a junior journalist finding, researching and reporting news stories on various platforms. You will gain experience of interview techniques and learn how to write an accurate and engaging story. You will also develop and be assessed on shorthand and listening skills.

An ability to write accurately is a must. You will also need to have an enquiring mind, a hard-working attitude and a lively interest in current affairs. Persistence will help you to get the most out of a story and you should be prepared to work unsocial hours.

As well as having good literacy and numeracy skills, you will need to show your commitment to a career in journalism. Any work you have published in a school or college magazine or your own blog will help demonstrate that you have the necessary drive to succeed in this creative and fast-moving industry.

For further information visit the National Council for the Training of Journalists website – www.nctj.com.

Level:

Advanced (Level 3)

Starting salary:

Not available

Job roles:

Junior journalist

Issuing authority:

Creative Skillset – www.creativeskillset.org