Journalist apprenticeship scheme launched

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Have you always dreamt of being a journalist?

Reporting the news that can make a real difference in your community?

Johnston Press is launching a new apprentice scheme to give young people an opportunity to join their local newspaper and learn how to be a journalist.

We are looking for committed and enthusiastic 18+ year olds who have a genuine interest in people and their stories, a passion to report their celebrations and their achievements and a real pride in their community.

As a successful apprentice you will be paid to train as a journalist with a combination of time in our newsrooms and at college.

You will have 5 A*-C GCSEs, (or equivalent) including English and Maths. Ideally you will also have two A levels or a Btec equivalent.

The apprentice scheme runs over 18 months, leading to the NCTJ pre-entry qualification, the Diploma in Journalism.

You will spend four days in one of our newsrooms in Yorkshire, learning ‘on the job’ core skills and mentored by our senior journalists.

You will be working for all our Johnston Press weekly titles in Yorkshire, including the Halifax Courier, The Wakefield Express, the Harrogate Advertiser and The Scarborough News.

A fifth day will be spent at college in Sheffield , where you will combine your newsroom experience with classroom-based learning.

You will be taught to write articles for websites and for our print titles, use social media to promote our content, and learn about journalism law, court reporting, and public affairs, as well as shorthand.

Learning to shoot good video will also become one of your core skills.

Remember - this is not an internship, you will be paid throughout the training period as an apprentice.

Here’s what Johnston Press is looking for in its apprentice journalists:

A passion for news or sport

A genuine interest in people and their positive stories

Knowledge of new media - including social media

At least 5 GCSEs or equivalent, at (Grade C or Grade 4 or above) including English Good command of the English language

Confidence in your writing

Willingness to listen and learn

A great work ethic and be self-motivated

Willingness to study and work simultaneously

Excellent communication skills - verbal and written

Be presentable

A full driving licence is desirable but not essential

All apprentices will be chosen from their performance at an assessment, and this will be followed by selection interviews in Leeds during the week beginning September 18.

There are three apprenticeships available within Johnston Press Yorkshire.

As well as receiving the fully funded training through Johnston Press, successful applicants will be offered an 18- month fixed term contract at a competitive salary with five weeks’ holiday per annum.

Please submit a 400 word summary of why you should be considered for the Johnston Press Apprentice Scheme.

Separately, list your achievements to date, including exam grades, work experience and any paid employment.

Please email your submissions to kathryn.allen@jpress.co.uk by the closing date of noon on Monday, September 18, 2017.

Candidates who will be considered for the positions will be contacted to complete an online assessment, before final selection interviews are held in Leeds during the week beginning September 25.