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Behind the Headlines

Media careers advice and opportunities directory

Wanting to pursue a career in journalism and media but don't know where to start? Below you will find links to several organisations that offer work experience, training schemes, grants, courses and general advice for starting a media career.

Opportunities at the Guardian

Guardian editorial work experience
Applications normally open once a year. To apply you must be over 18 and have had experience of writing and having work published. Get involved with a student newspaper or get work experience with your local paper – it’s also a good idea to have your own website or blog. Applications for this programme are currently closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Please check back for updates.
Positive Action Scheme
The Guardian runs two work-experience schemes both offering two week placements each summer: one for people from BAME backgrounds; and one for people with disabilities. Successful applicants will learn about the profession and will be assigned a Guardian journalist as a mentor. Applications for this programme are currently closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Please check back for updates.
Scott Trust Bursary
The Guardian Foundation funds three bursaries to help aspiring journalists break into the media through studying for a postgraduate qualification in web, newspaper or broadcast journalism. The bursary pays for tuition fees and provides a subsistence allowance. Training will include several weeks’ work experience within Guardian Media Group.
Guardian Software Engineering Fellowship
The Guardian runs a 12 month training scheme for aspiring developers to join the product and engineering departments. To apply, you will need experience of programming, but do not need any specific qualifications. Trainees will develop, manage and maintain live applications along with the rest of the development team.
Guardian Opinion
If you have a great idea for a piece of opinion writing, you can pitch to Comment is free. They are especially interested if you have particular expertise or experience in the relevant areas.
Guardian careers website
All opportunities to work for the Guardian and The Guardian Foundation in any department, including the above schemes, are advertised on the Work for us page.

Opportunities from other organisations

BBC work experience
The BBC offers work placements ranging from 3 days to 2 weeks in a number of departments including television, radio, international news and sport. Most of their placements are offered to over 18s, but they do have some slots for 14-17 year olds. Placements are offered in a number of BBC locations across the UK.
4Skills
Channel 4’s 4Skills programme offers a variety of opportunities for young people interested in media careers including work experience placements and paid apprenticeships in various departments. They also have a Production Training Scheme with applications open to people with little to no experience in the media industry.
SOUK YouthVoice
An independent UK news network, focusing especially on political news and debate. They offer the opportunity for contributors to have their work published online, and Shout Out also runs courses on political literacy.
Creative Access
Creative Access is dedicated to widening access to the creative industries. They work with industry partners to support diversifying recruitment and also provide on-the-job support to successful candidates.
Journo Resources
Provides journalism advice on both writing and more practical aspects of careers in journalism. Also hosts a frequently updated list of funding opportunities including grants to support living expenses, specific projects, and further education.
Youth Journalism
The Youth Journalism news organisation offers free feedback, education and publishing opportunities. This is an international programme open to anyone in the world interested in journalism. It is aimed towards young people aged 12-22.

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