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NewsWise Ambassadors

Volunteering opportunties for young journalists

Are you a journalism student, involved in your university newspaper, or a recent graduate? Sign up to be a NewsWise Ambassador! Ambassadors work with a NewsWise school for a term, regularly meeting the class to offer expertise and insight into the world of journalism.
It has made me more aware of my role as a journalist in society, and it has been a very positive and eye-opening experience.
NewsWise Ambassador

Why volunteer?

  • Build your own journalistic and editorial skills by supporting children to produce their own reports.

  • Build your experience and develop your CV.

  • Join a network of other young journalists at the beginning of exciting careers.

  • Make a difference; inspire the next generation of journalists and show pupils the variety of people working in the industry.

What's involved?

  • Support a class as they complete the NewsWise project

  • Answer their questions about journalism and share your expertise to help them produce great reports

  • Read pupils' reports and provide expert feedback

Time commitment

  • Being an Ambassador requires no more than five hours’ commitment per school, and you will work with maximum one school per half term. The amount of time you commit to the programme is closely monitored to ensure this limit is not being exceeded, and we will support you to be able to fit the programme into your existing commitments.

  • You will attend an additional 60-minute training session.

What we’re looking for

  • Students studying journalism or who are involved in journalism in another way, such as writing for their university’s newspaper.

  • You must be able to provide evidence of published work.

  • Experience of working with children is beneficial, but not essential. We will give you tips and guidance for working with children.

  • Ambassadors should be passionate about journalism, and motivated to share their skills and knowledge with pupils!

Training

  • You will attend a 60-minute virtual training session. This training will go into detail about the programme, how to work with children and schools and safeguarding.

  • You do not need a DBS certificate to be an Ambassador, as all volunteering is virtual and a teacher will be present with the class at all times. We require that you read and sign our safeguarding policy and code of conduct, and all successful applicants will have a face-to-face meeting with the volunteer coordinator.

Our Ambassador was able to give children an insight into journalism. She gave them tips when writing the reports and feedback on finished reports. She was cheerful and smiley and the children liked her.
Year 5 teacher
Holmleigh Primary School
Registered charity: 1153865