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Volunteering

Opportunities for journalists to volunteer with NewsWise

Help us engage children with news and inspire the next generation of journalists. Share your experience and expertise to help raise the aspirations of pupils from schools in some of the hardest to reach communities across the UK.

You can offer your support by taking part in a virtual Q&A with a primary school class.
I found it enriching and valuable and would highly recommend it, especially as it is so easy to get involved with.
Sachin Nakrani
NewsWise volunteer

Time commitment

  • A Q&A session with a class takes half an hour. You may speak to two classes consecutively, totalling an hour.

What we’re looking for

  • We aim to show pupils the wide variety of people and roles in journalism and welcome journalists from all organisations and from all roles in the industry.

  • You do not need any experience of working with children – we will give you tips to help you answer their questions in an appropriate and engaging way.

  • Volunteers just need to be passionate about sharing their knowledge of journalism with some very young journalists!

How we support you

  • Dedicated support from the NewsWise team, who will provide you with all the information you need before taking part in a Q&A.

  • Advice on how to prepare answers to common questions.

  • A member of the NewsWise team will be present with you for your virtual Q&A.

Training

  • Before your Q&A, the NewsWise volunteer coordinator will have a short phone call or meeting with you about what to expect, how to prepare for the session and safeguarding.

  • You don’t need a DBS certificate to take part in NewsWise volunteering as all sessions are virtual and a teacher will be present with the class at all times. You will be required to read and sign our safeguarding policy and code of conduct.

The Q&A was great fun – the pupils were lively and full of genuine curiosity about how news is made and ways to combat fake news.
Rachel Hall
NewsWise volunteer
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