Reuters – Editorial Internship

Location: London

Closing date: March 31st

Our six-week paid internships offer a crash course in hands-on reporting. Each intern will report to a senior editor and be assigned a journalist mentor to provide advice and guidance. Interns will receive several days of formal training before they start work, focused on writing skills, journalism ethics, and knowledge of a specific part of the newsroom. Interns who excel may be considered for other opportunities.

Qualifications

Reuters is keen to have interns from varied backgrounds. While a strong academic record could be an advantage, it’s not a must.

A successful candidate will have insatiable curiosity and a demonstrable passion for news. Our ideal candidate will have fluency in English and excellent writing and communications skills. A basic background in journalism, some knowledge of photography or television, an understanding of finance and the economy or additional languages could all be assets. All interns must have the legal right to work in the United Kingdom.

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What I Learnt On My Reuters Placement

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Amber Holland did a placement with Reuters in 2013

Amber Holland gives an insight into her placement at one of the world’s most recognised news organisations…

If you’re on work experience at Reuters, your duties will very much depend on the news agenda. During my time there I had the chance to work on a variety of stories, from Nelson Mandela being admitted to hospital to the imminent arrival of Prince George.

I was taught how to use different editing platforms and was given the opportunity to edit old library footage of the former South African President into sellable packages. I also learnt several shooting techniques and found out just how hard it can be to perfect that ‘crisp but not brisk’ voice-over.

The great thing about my placement is that I wasn’t just learning new skills – I was also making a contribution to Reuters’ coverage of the stories I worked on. For example, I was involved in researching the latest trends in pregnancy fashion in anticipation of the birth of the royal baby – and when the big day happened, it was really exciting to see the figures I collated being used.

During my placement I spent time in all different departments, from the executive floor to the heart of the newsroom. This meant my duties sometimes entailed the less glamorous activities as well, like carrying around camera stands or filing documents – but even tasks like these taught me something. As I organised countless files from photographers from all around the world, it made me appreciate the sheer scale of the Reuters newsgathering operation – so don’t dismiss the menial stuff!

You should also be prepared to take in as much as you can from every department possible. Even if your heart is totally set on being a journalist, you should try and find out what other employees within the company get up to. Spending time in the edit suites for live broadcasts, for example,  will help you understand how reports come together. 

Doing this made me realise just how important these guys are to the process – their talent is astounding and their ability to think on their feet (particularly when certain feeds might not be working) is impressive. If you ask questions you might even learn more about some of their editing techniques, which could always prove useful at a future point.

No matter what you end up doing, the key thing to understand is that there will always be opportunities to experience some really amazing things if you grab them. When in the newsroom, make sure you ask for phone numbers, email addresses and business cards. 

Then at the end of the day, drop those people a quick text saying thank you. That way they will remember you and are more likely to offer you stuff to do the next day. This really helped me pick up extra duties and it was because of this that I was lucky enough to be called back out on shoots on numerous occasions.

By continually asking if I could be of any help to anyone, I was given the opportunity to work on sound and lighting during interviews at press conferences, and even got to film the auction of Elizabeth Taylor’s wedding dress at Christies.

My placement really was action-packed and I felt I learnt a lot. My best advice for anyone else who is fortunate enough to spend time at Reuters would be to keep in touch with the contacts you make there.

Once you are finished, be sure to send an email thanking everyone you got to work with because, you never know – these people could be your potential employers in the future. 

Have you taken part in a placement recently? Get in touch if you’d like to blog about your experiences! For more from Amber Holland, you can follow her on Twitter @funkyredhead98

A CNN Intern’s Tips For Placement Success

Sebastian Salek

Graduate trainee Sebastian Salek

CNN intern Sebastian Salek spills the beans on life at the leading broadcaster and shares his top six tips on how to make the most of being on a placement…

Out of sheer terror at the thought of working from home as chief thumb twiddler, I managed to line up a few internships while still at university to tide me over after graduating.

I’m now four placements down the line and each one has been as much like starting at a new school as the one before it: stay out of trouble, find the toilets, and impress the cool kids.

I’m currently waving the star spangled banner at CNN where I’m putting into practice the interning wisdom I’ve picked up along the way, some of which I will share with you now:

Rule Number One: Be prepared

You want to stand out by hitting the ground running, so make sure you’ve done your homework before you arrive. If you’re at a TV or radio station, you might feasibly be sent out to film vox pops, so watch or listen to the network before you arrive. Knowing what the end product is will give you a clearer vision of what you’re trying to achieve.

If you’ll be writing, come up with a few suitable ideas for stories or features. Apart from a bit of transcription, all the work I did during my two weeks at the Independent was as a result of pitching stories.

That way I managed to avoid that awkward lull of nothingness that strikes at the start of most placements. Even if your pitches are all rejected, you’ve shown that you can generate your own ideas, which is sort of important if you want to be a journalist.

Rule Number Two: Make a bucket list

My internship at CNN is three months long, but most others are much shorter. At the start of my placement at Sky News, my editor encouraged me to make a list of the things I wanted to do in the two weeks.

Armed with more direction than One Direction themselves, I was able to plan ahead and get as much packed into the time as possible.

The urgency that the list created meant I did a wider variety of things in a fortnight at Sky News than in the six weeks I spent at Reuters beforehand.

Rule Number Three: Bug people

You may have networked your way into your internship – well done you – but don’t leave those skills at the door. Pick someone – anyone – in the newsroom, introduce yourself, and find out what they do.

They’re hardly going to bite your head off, and chances are you’ll get a bit of work thrown your way. Voila, a new contact is made.

Rule Number Four: Go for drinks

If the LinkedIn request isn’t enough for you, take things to the next level by asking people out for drinks. Everyone loves drinks, and it’s a better setting to have a proper chat and learn more about where you’re working.

Just remember to act like a human being: they’re doing you a favour by giving you their time, so be sure to thank people and try not to make them feel too used when you inevitably pummel them for careers advice.

Rule Number Five: Take notes

No one likes to tell people things twice. Buy a notebook and use it.

Rule Number Six: Follow it up

Be honest, you’re not interning for the hell of it. You want a job, and your manager knows it. So grab your superior for a quick chat before you leave to get a bit of feedback and pop the question about job prospects. If they don’t do the hiring, they’ll refer you to someone who does, hopefully with a good word put in.

If you don’t get a chance to catch your manager in person, drop them an email to say thanks and attach your CV letting them know you’d be interested in future opportunities. You’ve just done the best kind of job interview – one where they can see exactly how you operate in the workplace – so if you’ve impressed don’t let it go to waste.

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Journalism Abroad: How To Get Started

Olivia Crellin Malawi

Olivia Crellin reporting overseas in Malawi

Graduate Olivia Crellin has freelanced internationally for major news providers. In the first of a three-part series, she shares her tips on finding work overseas…

Just dropping everything and going abroad may seem scary, but if you don’t like the idea of further study or being placed within the structured, rigorous confines of a grad scheme, then starting your journalism career away from home may be the perfect move.

Graduating with absolutely no idea of what you want to do can be daunting. I intended to put off all of those ‘serious career decisions’ by taking a post-uni gap year in South America.

I had been a reporter and editor for a couple of my university newspapers but I still was not convinced I wanted to be a journalist.

My journey

I persuaded myself that I was being very sensible by getting all those South American clichés (following the Inca Trail, salsa dancing until dawn and eating steaks as thick as my bicep) out of my system while I still wasn’t sure what I wanted to do. Plus, the UK was still in the grip of a recession.

In fact, it turned out there was no need to persuade myself of anything. A year later my ‘serious career decisions’ were miraculously made for me (at some point between dodging Molotov Cocktails in the streets of Santiago and reporting from Ecuador for The Guardian!)

Throughout my time abroad I’ve been able to build a serious portfolio of work, been offered a place at Columbia University in New York to study a Journalism Masters, and gained a readership that includes Julian Fellowes (email me if you want to know the story behind this one).

So, if this sounds like an option you hadn’t explored but are willing to, you will want to know the following – how can you prepare yourself before your trip, and what are some of the key things you should be taking into account?

Location, location, location

It may sound obvious, but think about where you want to go. Do you already have family or friends in a place that could provide you with free accommodation or contacts?

Did you study languages at university or have a particular connection to anywhere in the world? What is safety like for journalists in that country and are there any official schemes or internships in place in the region?

Of course, be strategic. For example, Syria might not be the best place to head off to as a beginner, but Turkey could be a clever move. It’s right next to Syria and will be getting a lot of refugees streaming across its borders, bringing with them a lot of news and stories of their own.

Learn a language

If you just want to stick to the English, you naturally have a lot of options – many parts of Africa, India, and Pakistan to name a few.

I would say, however, that picking up another language is immensely rewarding – both on a personal level, and for your career.

After returning to the UK I spent three weeks as an intern with the BBC World Service. I was the only member of my team who spoke Spanish during the days that Hugo Chavez died, and then when an Argentinean was announced as Pope.

Brits are impressed by foreign language skills and even if you decide at some point journalism is not for you, you have a skill for life that could lead to very exciting opportunities, completely unrelated to your current aspirations.

Lay the foundations

Before you go it is best arranging meetings with foreign editors at the publications that you would like to work for. I never did this when I set out – mainly because, at the time, I wasn’t intending to work professionally.

I’m planning on heading off again though and will be making a wish list of those I want to meet face-to-face over a coffee. That way, when my email lands in their inbox, they might be slightly more inclined to open it.

Another journo grad friend of mine who is planning a move to Turkey later this year recently met with editors, taking his CV and portfolio with him.

He got up early that day, checked the wires and local Turkish news and wrote up an article specifically aimed at the editor he was visiting. “That is what I would have written for you today had I been your stringer in Istanbul,” he said.

The editor didn’t even look at the portfolio or CV but read the piece and promised to look at future work my friend sent. Nifty move that I will definitely be employing myself in the future.

Olivia Crellin is a freelance journalist who has covered stories overseas for the BBC, Reuters, The Guardian and The Economist. You can visit her website here and follow her on Twitter @OliviaCrellin.

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