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The Telegraph launches new editorial graduate programme

The Telegraph's new editorial graduate programme is designed to help young talent acquire the diverse skill set demanded by modern media careers.  

New graduates joining in September 2017 will embark on a learning and development programme of up to four years that combines professional training, collaborative projects and custom-designed courses at Columbia Journalism School and Bournemouth University.

In the first year, all successful applicants will attend a multimedia journalism programme with the Press Association. They will then be seconded to regional newspapers and digital companies before a period of 'desk rotation' at The Telegraph to broaden their experience across the editorial floor.

In the second year, participants will take up permanent editorial roles and start their chosen 'development journeys':

  • Digital Journalism Specialisms: Graduates will attend a month-long data and video-driven journalism course at the Columbia Journalism School in New York. This custom-designed course will provide training in data and visual storytelling across a variety of platforms
  • Editorial Leadership Specialisms: Graduates will begin a three year part-time Master's Degree at Bournemouth University. The course will include modules aimed to encompass all aspects of media and business from editorial leadership and team management to practical skills enhancing creativity and innovation

Regardless of which route they choose, graduates will be assigned mentors at the start of their journey to help balance the demands of work with ongoing learning to get the most from their experience and make a smooth transition into the business.

Ben Clissitt, executive editor at Telegraph Media Group (TMG), said: "Our graduate programme has shaped some of The Telegraph's top talent such as features writer Bryony Gordon, sports reporter Jonathan Liew, assistant political editor Ben Riley Smith and foreign news eidtor Jess Winch. We're now looking for young people with diverse backgrounds that have a passion for tackling the dynamic challenges we face as a multi-media business known for agenda-setting news, insight and commercial success.

"They may have studied subjects traditionally inspiring media careers, or different ones such as data science, digital technology or computer engineering. Our new approach will give them a practical introduction to TMG and unique learning opportunities with two leading organisations in journalism and media business education."

Richard Morgan, chief human resources officer at TMG, added: "TMG has evolved at phenomenal pace over the past few years, so we wanted to revolutionise our graduate programme to help develop the skills and mind-set that ensures our young talent is alive to the industry trends, organisational objectives and commercial ambitions that will enable our future success.

"We believe this dual track approach created with the Columbia Journalism School and Bournemouth University is the first of its kind in the UK media sector. Our programme will unlock the benefits of having diverse young talent in our business from the outset and develop their careers faster. Over the next five years, we aim to create the brightest talent with the most diverse and modern skill-set in UK media."

The graduate scheme is the latest addition to The Telegraph's existing commitment to young talent. Since 2014, TMG has supported around 500 young people through career days, internships, work experience and apprenticeships as part of the TMG Academy, their dedicated recruitment and training portal.

For more information visit TMG Academy.

by Lydia O'Neill 20/12/16

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