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Junior Journalist Apprentice

Company Name:
Isle of Wight County Press
Isle of Wight
Apprenticeship Framework/Standard:
Journalism NCTJ Level 3
Date Posted:
04 Mar 2019
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The County Press is the best-selling weekly paper in the country, and its sister website regularly publishes more than 700 stories per month.

The Isle of Wight is a brilliant place to work, with big stories breaking all the time, good transport links to Portsmouth, Southampton and London, and lots of sandy beaches and festivals for your down time. 

As a Level 3 Junior Journalist Apprentice you will be working out of The County Press offices, working within a skilled team of reporters, photographers and editors, you will learn all the skills of the job. You will shadow reporters as they research and write for their articles as well as assisting with the social media pages ensuring that they are up to date and contain current information. You will also assist and learn from the digital team as they format the newspaper articles. 

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, learning 'on the job' core skills and mentored by our senior journalists. A fifth day will be spent in college, at Highbury College in Portsmouth, where you will combine your newsroom experience with classroom-based learning.

You will be educated to at least good-level GCSE English and Maths (or Functional Skills Level 2 equivalent) and have a keen interest in local and national current affairs. You should also have good social media and digital skills as well as being a keen writer.  

This is a great opportunity to work with our Newport-based team to produce the County Press and countypress.co.uk. You will need to have good use of English, and a strong nose for news stories. An interest in sport is also desirable as you may be required to deputise for the sports editor. You will be given full NCTJ training and have the support of an experienced editorial team in our office.

On completion of the Advanced Level Junior Journalist Apprenticeship, you will become a fully-fledged journalist.

The apprenticeship will include passing the Level 3 NCTJ Diploma in Journalism, which is the standard route into the industry.