Guardian to take on six journalism trainees this year

The Guardian group is to take on six trainee digital journalists this year on 12-month contracts.

Starting in October, trainees will work on digital production and section teams as well as completing placements in the digital interactive, multimedia, social media or data teams.

The newspaper group has not said how much the trainees will earn, but a spokesperson said it will be in line with other junior newspaper job positions.

This is the first time The Guardian has taken trainees on on a formal scheme since its news trainee programme was closed in 2008.

Trinity Mirror also reopened its trainee scheme this year, taking on three young journalists. The Telegraph, Daily Mail, Times and Sun also take on journalism trainees on a yearly basis.

The Guardian is encouraging individuals from a “variety of backgrounds” and journalism qualifications are not essential. However, candidates should have “proven experience in digital journalism”.

The job description says: “The scheme is designed to equip the successful candidates with the skills to pursue a career in digital journalism. You will be able to compete for a role at GNM after nine months on the scheme, should an appropriate vacancy become available.

“Applicants must be aware that this opportunity is offered on a one-year fixed-term contract basis only and there is no guarantee of a staff job at the end of this scheme.”

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