Journalism Resources

We get asked a lot at News Associates about when the journalism graduate and trainee schemes open, and we wanted to share with you some other resources when looking for jobs.

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We’ll try to update this list as often as we can, so keep checking back – and if you’re a News Associates trainee/alumni then ask us for help when applying.

Print media:

The Financial Times have two graduate trainee programmes:

– The news reporter scheme, for applicants who have strong research and writing skills

– The data journalist scheme, for applicants who have skills in a relevant field such as information design, statistics, cartography or web development, and an interest in telling a story

Both will open in November 2017 for a September 2018 start.

The Telegraph run four different training schemes:

– The news reporters editorial scheme, which is a three-year programme focussing on digital news reporting

– The features reporters editorial training scheme, which is a three-year programme for graduates with a passion for features

– The business reporters scheme, which is a four-year scheme for graduates with a specialism for business

– The news reporter leadership scheme, which is a four-year scheme for graduates with a passion for news reporting, and aspiring to an editor’s position

All schemes are expected to reopen at the end of 2017, with a deadline of January 2018.

The Times run various schemes, including a one-year sub-editing scheme and a two-year reporters scheme, which includes a six-month placement in Edinburgh. Both scheme are expected to reopen in November 2017.

The Daily Mail graduate scheme closed in February, but there are three routes available – online, sub-editing and reporting. The scheme is one year, with a five-month external placement. Keep your eyes peeled next year.

Future Media have a range of graduate schemes, which are expected to open again in March 2017. Working at a national magazine brand, there are writing and videography schemes on offer. Keep an eye out!


The ITV News Traineeship opens and closes every year in February. There is a nine-month contract up for grabs at a local ITV region.

Shine TV have a trainee scheme, which is a six-month contract to work on development and production. The next intake is expected to open in June and close in July.

BBC Journalism Training Scheme – this has just closed but we’ll let you know when it re-opens. Working across various departments of the BBC, an 11-month training contract is up for grabs. There is also a production training scheme, working across TV and radio production, and a political news placement available.

IMG Productions Broadcast and Production Trainee Scheme (Digital, Editorial, Manager and Digital Content) – this has now closed for 2017 but it is a 12-month scheme with a focus on production.

Sky Sports have a graduate scheme which closes each year in February – we’ll update when it’s open for 2018. They also have a Sky News Apprenticeship and Sky Sports Apprenticeship, both of which are a two-year training programme for school leavers, opening in October 2017.

Channel 4 have a number of graduate schemes:

– A 12-month scheme with a focus on data science. This is expected to open in June 2017 and combines a MRes with UCL.

– A Production Training Scheme, this is a 12-month contract with a production house, where you’ll be making content for the channel working across drama, factual and comedy content. This is also expected to open in June 2017. 

– An Investigative Journalism Programme for which you need to have two years’ experience. Up to five candidates will be selected to work for six months. Applications are now closed for 2017, but we’ll update when applications for 2018 open.

– The Channel 4 Apprenticeship Programme – Applications are expected to open in July and close in August. This 12-month paid scheme covers various roles at Channel 4.

Online and agencies:

Reuters run a four-to-six-month on-the-job training programme, based in London, Africa or the Middle East. This is expected to reopen in November 2017.

ESPN run a one-year editorial paid internship across their websites. This is expected to open in November 2017.

National press agency Sportsbeat runs a yearly graduate scheme. It is exclusively open to NCTJ-qualified journalists who have studied at News Associates. Three full-time, four-month contracts are available (May-September). In 2016, all graduate trainees were offered full-time roles at the conclusion of the scheme.

Incisive Media run a graduate scheme, which is a one-year contract across different areas. This is expected to open in June.

Deutsche Welle run a multimedia journalism trainee programme, which is for German and English native speakers. Applications have now closed but we’ll update when they reopen.

Summer schools and internships:

The Spectator’s summer internship has now closed. No CVs accepted but a list of tasks to complete. Amusingly you can’t reference education unless it’s a postgraduate journalism course so if you’re on a News Associates course you’ll be glad to hear that the Spectator thinks this demonstrates commitment.

Google News Labs Fellowship closes each year in February, This is a eight-week paid summer programme in conjunction with a range of news organisations, including the BBC, the Guardian and The Bureau of Investigative Journalism.

Each year there are two European Parliament Journalism Internships up for grabs. This is a five-month paid traineeship at the European Parliament in Brussels. The first internship opens in April and closes mid-May, and the second opens in September and closes mid-October.

The Wall Street Journal runs a ten-week summer reporting scheme in their bureaus across Europe. The internship is aimed at those looking to pursue financial journalism, and candidates must be able to speak English and one other European language. This is expected to pen in October 2017.

News Academy are offering an all-expenses-paid week-long summer school in August. This year, 16 aspiring young digital journalists will be working alongside 10 budding developers and designers to produce a multimedia digital news product. For more information, click here

The BBC World Service Languages Future Voices Scheme also closes each year in February, so keep an eye out for when it opens next year. This is a six-week paid scheme and you must be fully bilingual in one of their listed languages.

News Associates runs a two-week journalism taster summer school. The intensive course covers the basics of news and feature writing, media law, mobile video and shorthand. It’s designed for those looking to dip their toe in the water before committing to a journalism course or career.


The Independent and Evening Standard have an apprenticeship for school leavers, which is expected to open in November 2017.

The Sun run a news and sports journalism apprenticeship, which is open to both graduates and school leavers. This is expected to open in November 2017, and offers the NCTJ qualification with News Associates.

Other Schemes:

There are a number of other schemes we are aware have run in the past but we are unable to provide details of when or if they will re-open at present. We will provide new information as soon as it becomes available.

  • The Sun Graduate Scheme
  • The Sunday Times Graduate Scheme
  • Daily Mirror, Sunday Mirror and Sunday People Graduate Scheme

Lots of our News Associates journalism trainees have gone on to land places on these prestigious graduate schemes.

Follow in their footsteps and apply to study on our full-time, part-time or sports journalism courses in London and Manchester now.