Apply now for a journalism traineeship at Press Gazette: We'll pay you £12k and get you through your NCTJ

Press Gazette is offering one aspiring journalist a unique chance to get a springboard into a journalism career.

We are looking to recruit a news trainee who will work for us four days a week whilst also training for their NCTJ exams (the gold standard industry qualification).

We will pay you £12,000 a year and also cover the cost of your training. In return you will be expected to hit the ground running writing blogs and news stories for our website and getting involved with our social media strategy.

Based at our offices off Fleet Street, we will help coach you through the practical side of the NCTJ journalism syllabus. And our training partner Cleland Thom will get you through the shorthand, media law, public affairs and other NCTJ modules via his CTJT distance learning course.

Nowadays journalism training is an expensive business. So this is a rare opportunity to train for free while also getting paid, making contacts, getting your work published and learning on the job.

If you would like to join Press Gazette as a news trainee please write to me: explaining (in 300 words or fewer) why you want to work for Press Gazette and why you would be an asset to our team. Remember, 'show don't tell' in your covering letter. I am not going to take your word for it that you are the most diligent, hard-working and passionate candidate – please use evidence to back up your assertions.

This position will probably suit someone who has already taken a degree and is looking at their options for post-graduate study. But an exceptional school-leaver would also be considered.

The closing date for applications is 31 December 2013 and interviews will take place in early January for a start ASAP. Please also include your CV.

Please mark the subject line of your email 'News traineeship application'. This is a year-long contract, but there is the possibility of a staff job at the end of it.

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