Wednesday, 18 October 2017

MailOnline looking for trainee journalists

This year's MailOnline trainees before heading off on their placements
I said goodbye to the latest MailOnline trainees last month ... and now we are looking to recruit more. Next year the website will be running two courses, one in March and one in September. If you are interested in applying for the March course we need applications by November 17. 

The successful trainees will embark on a year-long programme that involves intense training, assessment and on-the-job experience at regional daily newspapers and agencies. We are looking for journalists with broad interests - who are interested in popular journalism - who want to work for the world’s biggest English-language newspaper website, with more than 229million unique browsers.

It is a great opportunity and many of those who have passed through the scheme now hold editing positions. Many are working in the Mail's offices in New York and Sydney. But trainees need to know what they are signing up for. They will need to be prepared to work for a round-the-clock operation. There are nightshifts and regular weekend work. They will be covering national and international news at a fast pace. Most of the work is office-based, preparing stories from agencies and other sources into MailOnline style, writing headlines, bullets and captions, adding extra information and ensuring everything is accurate. If you want a job roving the streets looking for stories, this isn't the one for you. 

The successful applicants will probably have a degree and will have shown a commitment to journalism by writing for their student newspaper/website and gained work experience in newsrooms.

The course starts in March with an intensive in-house training month during which the trainees are introduced to MailOnline style and culture. It is followed by three months placement – on a regional daily paper or at a news agency - after which the trainees will join the MailOnline newsroom. Trainees will be paid a competitive salary while they train and need to commit for at least a year. Nearly all are offered staff jobs at the end.

The job is advertised on Hold The Front Page here

To apply send a covering letter, your CV and the three best examples of your work to by November 17, 2017.

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