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Daily Mirror relaunches iconic trainee scheme

The original scheme ran for nearly 30 years.

Last week, the Daily Mirror announced it is relaunching its renowned trainee scheme, which once served as a launching pad for industry names including Alastair Campbell, Times Radio’s Tom Newton Dunn and Newsnight Deputy Editor Stewart Maclean.

The original trainee scheme ran for roughly 30 years and was previously stopped and started again in the late 00s. 

Many graduates of the programme went on to become award-winning journalists, including Daily Mirror feature writer Ros Wynne-Jones and CNN Africa’s Stephanie Busari.

Mirror editor-in-chief Alison Phillips said: “Over the years so many brilliant journalists have come through this scheme and I’m thrilled to be opening up the pipeline again. Paid training is crucial for capturing and nurturing raw talent and without it, I worry that we miss out as an industry.

“This year I am hoping to discover some exciting new journalists who can bring different ideas and experiences to our newsroom. I would also encourage people who think they’re not right for a trainee scheme for whatever reason to reconsider - we’d love to see some older applicants for example who may have already started one career but always dreamed of life as a journalist.”

The two posts are now open for application via the Reach Careers website.

06/04/21

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