CMPi plans to lure toptalent into B2B world

Cook will choose graduates for work on titles such as Housing Today

CMP Information has launched a graduate training scheme and bursary programme in a bid to attract up-andcoming talent to magazines such as Housing Today and Music Week.

Six graduates will be offered the chance to enrol in a one-year graduate traineeship in September. Two £10,000 journalism bursaries will also be offered as the result of a tie-up with City University.

The scheme is aimed at students who already have a postgraduate journalism qualification and have done work experience with a number of publishing companies.

CMPi publishes more than 30 magazines in the UK, and the six trainees will get the chance to work across some of its best-known weeklies – such as Building, Travel Trade Gazette, Farmers Guardian and Property Week- for three months at a time. By the end of the 12-month traineeship, they should have experience of working across four different titles and will be offered a full-time job.

The two bursaries on the postgraduate magazine journalism diploma course will begin next autumn. Trainees will get a work experience placement at CMPi during holidays and will take two of the six graduate trainee places in September 2005. The £10,000 bursary will cover their university fees and work experience and will provide an additional contribution to their living costs.

The scheme will replace the successful, long-running graduate trainee scheme previously run by the Builder Group, which journalists had feared would be scrapped after CMPi acquired the Builder Group and the Barbour Index for £79m last July. The company has kept on two graduates of the Builder Group scheme.

A number of editors at CMPi – including Adrian Barrick, former editor and now publisher of Building, and Property Week editor Giles Barrie – started out on the original scheme under Morgan Grampian.

Editorial director Lindsay Cook, who will oversee the scheme, told Press Gazette she was looking for “bright, brilliant, wannabe journalists” looking for a career in B2B. “There is now a recognition that B2B does offer a career as opposed to a first job in journalism,” she said.

Applications for the bursaries should be sent to Cook by 19 April.

By Ruth Addicott

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