BBC journalism trainee scheme - entries close at midnight tonight

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How many journalism trainee schemes let you travel to one of the most remote communities on earth to make a documentary?

This was what BBC journalism trainee Thomas Martienssen did when he arrived uninvited at Palmerston in the Cook islands, nine days sailing from the nearest airport at Tahiti.

Martienssen, 23, told Ariel that he found out about the island community of 62 people over a drink in the pub with a man who had sailed around the world. He persuaded Radio 4’s Crossing Continents to commission the trip – which also had interest from the BBC website’s magazine section and TV news.

Island at the End of the World is available on the Radio 4 website here.

Applications for the BBC journalism trainee scheme close at midnight tonight.

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