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Bloomberg – Production Assistant (Freelance)

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Location: London

Closing date: Ongoing

Bloomberg TV is seeking freelance production assistants in our London office.

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Financial Times – FT Weekend Magazine Internship

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Location: London

Closing date: Ongoing

The FT Weekend Magazine is offering a three-month editorial internship.

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FT Graduate Scheme: A Reporter’s Tips

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Kiran Stacey reports on Prime Minister David Cameron’s visit to China

Former Financial Times trainee Kiran Stacey now works full-time as a political correspondent for the paper. He describes life on the scheme…

After editing his student newspaper and doing work experience at various national titles, Kiran earned a spot on the FT’s graduate programme. We caught up with him to find out more about what applicants can expect:

What journalism experience did you have prior to the scheme that was most beneficial to your application?

The most important thing for me was probably writing for and editing the student newspaper. The experience was absolutely invaluable – it gave me a real sense of what it takes to put a publication together from start to finish.

I wasn’t just writing articles, but also commissioning them, sourcing pictures, designing the page layouts and even organising the advertisements.

The fact that we were competing with other student newspapers in the area also gave me a real understanding of what was needed to get to the story first.

How did you find the FT scheme’s application process?

It was pretty tough. In my year there were over 360 applicants for just four positions.

The first thing I had to do was submit several articles, along with my CV and a piece of original writing (either an essay or an article). Once I got past this stage I was invited to a first round of interviews. This included a news judgement test, where I was given ten stories to rank in order of importance. I then had to justify my choices.

After this there was a second round of interviews, where the editors had an aggressive style and asked some tough questions. They were also quite happy to let me wallow in my own awkwardness if I didn’t know an answer.

One question I was asked was on who I would interview if I was writing an article about Credit Suisse going bust. Quite frankly I didn’t really know much about investment banking at all so I flannelled around and tried to suggest some people whose names I didn’t even really know. I remember the editor looking particularly unimpressed with that.

What advice do you have for current applicants?

Having work experience really helps. There is nothing like having seen how a news room operates first-hand to help you stand out from the crowd.

You also need to be passionate about journalism. Don’t think you can get onto the scheme because you’ve done an English degree and fancy a bit of writing. You have to know what it takes to get a news story and prove that you have that quality.

Crucially, with any scheme, you should read the paper that you are applying to religiously in the couple of weeks running up to your interview. But don’t stop there – make sure you have ideas of how their articles can be built on and improved. Go through with a pen and actually write down “That’s an interesting line, I’d like to follow that up” or “That’s who I’d call on that” or “I’m not sure that that really works”.

The final piece of advice I would give, and possibly the most important, is this: if you don’t know something, say so. You aren’t expected to know everything when you are young and fresh out of university. What they really want to test is whether or not you have the guts to turn round and say “Well I don’t know that – I would have to find out”. Honesty is very important in a reporter.

What tips do you have for those who make it onto the 2014 scheme?

You need to be prepared to be left to your own devices. You’re expected to make your own way and pitch your own stories, so you really need to be willing to put your head above the parapet.

I joined the week before Lehman Brothers collapsed and one of my first assignments was to go to the company’s London offices to interview bankers who had just been sacked so I could feed news lines back to the desk. You need to have the confidence to go to a patch and find stories by talking to anyone and everyone.

It can seem like a lot of responsibility, but it’s a great environment in which to develop as a journalist. People won’t try to hold you hand the whole way, nor will they relegate you to researching for their articles. Everyone will be keen for you to get out there to do you own stuff and get your own bylines in the paper.

You can follow Kiran on Twitter @kiranstacey and read his Westminster blog here.

Life At CNN – What To Expect As An Intern

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Artur Osinski at the Foreign Office ahead of a press conference

In his latest update for journograds, graduate Artur Osinski answers some questions about the day-to-day duties of a CNN intern …

What internships does CNN have on offer, and where is yours based?

CNN International regularly offers London-based internships in four different departments. They’re paid and last for three months (four in the case of sports).

I work across two programmes: Quest Means Business and Connect the World. This involves shifts from 12-8pm, or 2-10pm respectively. After six weeks on this attachment I switch with the news desk intern.

How did you prepare for the internship?

Fortunately CNN organises a handover day a few days before the start of your internship, which is really helpful.

This includes a tour from the outgoing intern, who shows you the newsroom, introduces you to people, fills you in on your tasks and (hopefully) shares a tip or two – like the fact Richard Quest likes a tall, one-shot, skinny latte at 4.15pm (It’s up to you what you’ll do with this knowledge – but it’s worth having it!)

On my handover day, Richard told me that CNN hired only the best, that I’d take from it as much as I’d put in and that a lot of people working there had started as interns – very motivating words and, from what I found out from asking around, it’s true.

What does your role involve?

It all starts with the 12:30 meeting (or 14:00 if you’re on the Connect The World shift). In the meeting we discuss the day’s stories and what we’ll be focusing on in the programme.

It’s a good opportunity to pitch stories – it’s always appreciated when you provide something useful and it’s rewarding if your idea ends up on air.

In terms of duties, my main role is research – fact-finding, making phone-calls and emailing people.

Sometimes Richard has specific needs, like notes on South Korea before his trip there (he flies A LOT).

Quest Means Business also involves the fun task of writing the “Currency Conundrums.” These are daily questions about a currency which present some interesting, relatively unknown facts.

It’s great because what you write goes on air and it also adds a light, fun moment to the programme.

I’m also responsible for the official Quest Means Business Twitter account, so many @questCNN tweets are written by me (although the tweets you’ll see from @richardquest are most certainly his!)

What tips would you have for others about to start the scheme?

My advice would be to always do whatever you are asked to do, and do it as quickly as possible. Avoid mistakes, obviously – but if you make them, make sure you learn from them. And don’t complain.

When others see that you deal with the small but vital tasks, they’ll start giving you more responsibility. I went out a couple of times with a cameraman to shoot some vox pops and I also did an interview via Skype for Connect The World. All of that made it to air.

There are times when there isn’t as much to do and you have to deal with that. Always ask whether you can help anyone with anything and be ready that suddenly you may be packed with tasks.

Stay tuned to Journograds to hear more from Artur as he gives insight into life as an intern at one of the world’s leading news channels. You can read more from Artur here.

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