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The Sun launches trainee scheme to attract diverse talent

"Increasing diversity in our newsrooms is a challenge for the entire industry, and, as the people's paper, The Sun should reflect the people" said Editor Tony Gallagher

The Sun is looking for budding journalists from all walks of life, with or without training or degrees, with the aim of attracting people from a diverse range of backgrounds.

The group will join a journalism bootcamp at News Associates, the UK’s top journalism school, followed by a 40-week part-time NCTJ training course in February. During the course, the trainees will also be working in The Sun newsroom for three days a week. 

Each place on the programme is fully funded and trainees will be paid a competitive salary.

Tony Gallagher, Editor-in-Chief of The Sun, said: "The Sun is Britain's biggest news brand and it is vital we create opportunities for aspiring journalists from every part of society. Increasing diversity in our newsrooms is a challenge for the entire industry, and, as the people's paper, The Sun should reflect the people. 

“If you are a keen and curious aspiring journalist, this trainee scheme will pay a competitive salary while you get the hands-on experience, on-the job mentoring and coaching you need to be newsroom-ready. 

“We’re proud to lead the way with this initiative. Good jobs in journalism should be available to all with talent, no matter what their background. It will be tough, it will be full-on, but it will be fun.” 

The Sun is also looking for several NCTJ or similar trained students for its first intake. They will be coached to be newsroom-ready with an intensive journalism bootcamp at News Associates followed by a placement with SWNS news agency at one of its offices in London, Bristol, Leeds, Birmingham, Cambridge or Glasgow. 

The trainees, who will receive a competitive salary, will then get 12 months of on-the-job training in The Sun.

Today’s launch is the start of a rolling programme of training by The Sun which will hire more trainees during 2020.  

You can apply here. 

Source: News UK

by Hannah Ohm Thomas 07/11/19

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