Associated Press – News Assistant

Location: London

Closing date: November 3rd

Associated Press is seeking an ambitious News Assistant for the international video headquarters in London.

The News Assistant will work with editors in the newsgathering team to achieve high-quality, fast coverage of planned events and breaking news.

Duties will include liaison with AP journalists in bureaux and field locations on story information and delivery plans, writing story summaries, and checking and circulating source details. The role also assists other news desks with general editorial duties.

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Sky News – Work Experience Scheme

Location: London

Closing date: Ongoing

For 25 years Sky News has built its reputation on being first for breaking news. It was the first 24 hour news channel in the UK and innovation has always been at the heart of everything we do.

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Telegraph Media Group – TV and Radio Internship

Location: London

Closing date: Ongoing

The Telegraph’s TV desk, which generates all TMG’s coverage of TV for both print and online from interviews with major TV stars to TV previews, is looking for a bright, capable intern to help with the running of the TV desk and a number of day-to-day tasks.

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My Week In The STV Newsroom

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Anas Hassan at STV – a newsreader in the making?

Anas Hassan is studying for a diploma in journalism with the NCTJ and did work experience last year with Scottish broadcaster STV. He reflects back on his time there… 

I was lucky enough to spend a week in 2013 with the STV News team in the north of Scotland. Formerly known as Grampian Television, STV North now serves a wide geographical area from as south as Tayside to as north as the Orkney and Shetland Islands. I spent the first part of my week in the Dundee newsroom before heading north to complete my work experience at their newsroom in Aberdeen.

STV News in the north has a focus on particular areas of interest such as the oil and gas industry (which is very important to Aberdeen and the wider area), issues affecting rural communities in the region and the fortunes of the main sporting teams such as Aberdeen FC, Dundee United and Inverness Caledonian Thistle. I was already aware that these were key issues in the area before staring my work experience, but once I began my week with STV I really appreciated just how crucial they are to the news agenda.

It’s a well-worn cliche that no two days in the newsroom are the same, and my experience certainly proved that. I had an action-packed first day in Dundee where I worked on a story about a 3,000 year old Carpow logboat which was about to make it’s journey from Perth Museum to a new home in Glasgow.

The day involved shadowing one of their journalists, Alan Jenkins. We headed to Perth with a cameraman and, when we arrived, the boat was already being loaded up onto a lorry for transfer, meaning we had to act quickly. Details of the story had to be sought and footage of the boat had to be filmed before it went on the move. It was a really good example of seeing the time constraints that journalists work under when it comes to accumulating enough detail to produce a suitable story for broadcast. When the material we’d filmed was brought back to the newsroom I also had the chance to learn about editing on Avid Newscutter XP and I even did some script writing.

My second day, on the other hand, was a brilliant example of what a slow news day can be like. I went out with Alan and a camerawoman on a story about a missing Royal Marine in Arbroath. Sadly, he was found dead almost a month later – but at the time there was not very much conclusive detail to report on. His whereabouts were unknown and the most we could get out of the assignment was an interview with a local police officer and some generic pictures of the coastline around the local area.

Many people who work in journalism tell you that there is nothing more adrenaline inducing then receiving breaking news and having to report on it – and this happened on the Thursday when I was in the Aberdeen newsroom. One of Scotland’s most well known football managers, Craig Brown, announced his retirement from the game. He was then the manager of Aberdeen FC and a press conference was organised, which I was fortunate enough to go to. The experience provided me with a great insight into what it’s like being at the heart of a buzzing press conference. This was the main story I focused on for that week and I was also given a chance to really put my editing skills through their paces with it.

As fun as all this was, however, my favourite part of the week by far was sitting in the presenter’s chair and reading a recorded news bulletin as if it were going out live. Newsreaders make the task look easy on screen, but I can assure you that it is very testing. You have to read the words on the autocue at the right pace, at the right tone and with the right pronunciation. I even remember having to get the Gaelic name of a location correct and I was very lucky to have help from a member of the team from a part of the country where the language is more commonly spoken.

Even though I wasn’t on air to an audience of a million viewers, it still felt very real – but that’s not a bad thing. Being under a necessary amount of pressure is good for you in that situation. Ultimately, newsreading is where I want to find myself as my career progresses, so it was a great end to a week in which I had the opportunity to appreciate what goes on behind the scenes in a bustling newsroom.

Have you had newsroom experience that you would like to write about? Get in touch if you want to blog for us. You can find more from Anas on his website, www.officialanashassan.com and on Twitter, @OfficialAnasSCO

ITV Scheme: From Trainee To Journalist

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ITV Tyne Tees journalist Katie Oakes films musician Example backstage at a gig in Newcastle

Katie Oakes describes how earning a place on the ITV news trainee scheme helped her launch a career in journalism…

Looking around the Tyne Tees newsroom as I write this, I can see five former trainees (including myself) working as production journalists, reporters, correspondents or news editors.

I may be slightly biased, but the ITV traineeship is one of the best ways of getting into TV journalism – and staying here.

When I applied for the scheme, I was working for a weekly newspaper on Merseyside, and had no broadcast experience at all.

I’d never been in a broadcast newsroom and, although it was always something I’d considered, I had been focused on print. However, I knew I wanted to be a journalist in whatever form I could, so I took all the opportunities that came along.

The ITV assessment day is, as you would imagine, nerve-wracking and challenging. But remember, if you get to that stage, you’re in the top 30 out of about 800 applicants – so go in with a bit of confidence!

The best advice I got was to be myself from the outset. You’re there for a full day so by the end of it, they will have worked out what you’re like anyway!

Essentially they’re looking for someone who’s passionate about news, has good news judgement, and who also has an opinion about the stories of the day. You also need to communicate well and have a few story ideas up your sleeve.

Oh – and if they point a camera at you, smile. I can guarantee the picture will come back to haunt you!

During the scheme, I spent a few months based at Granada in Manchester, learning how to produce bulletins and edit, before moving to Tyne Tees in Gateshead, where the focus turned towards reporting. That involved training courses in editing, writing, producing, reporting and self-shooting at almost every ITV newsroom in the country.

We also had placements at Westminster, ITN and a week at Daybreak, experiencing what it was like to work every shift over a 24-hour period. Exhausting.

A highlight from ITN was definitely Alastair Stewart introducing a package I had done for ITV London on the lunchtime news – I never thought that would happen within ten months of joining ITV!

But that’s one of the best things about the scheme – the speed that you pick up new skills and the responsibility you’re allowed to take on from an early stage.

It’s as fast-paced as it sounds, and there’s an awful lot to learn – especially if you’re starting from scratch.

But the huge advantage is learning from some of the best journalists in the country. And you’re never in a training centre, but in the middle of busy, working newsrooms.

You’ll build up contacts across the country, so there’s always someone to ask if you get stuck, and from what I’ve found, people are more than happy to help.

At the end of the traineeship, I applied for, and got, a production journalist job at Tyne Tees, based in Gateshead.

I now produce the bulletins across the day and weekends for both Tyne Tees and Border, as well as running the website.

I also report on a regular basis, both on stories I have brought in myself, and on-the-day news.

The traineeship prepares you really well not only for the job you’ll hopefully get when you finish the scheme, but also the job you hope to do in the future, whether that’s reporting, news editing or producing the programme.

Katie Oakes is an ITV news journalist based at ITV Tyne Tees. You can follow her on Twitter, @katieoakes

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