Apprentice Journalist

  • Full Time
  • London
  • Posted 3 days ago
  • Salary: Competitive

We are offering a series of fantastic opportunities for potential journalists to join the PA newsroom on two-year apprenticeships starting in January 2021.

We are looking for the best aspiring journalists from a diverse range of backgrounds to help us better reflect the communities we cover.

What you’ll need …

You’ll need to be hard-working, flexible and keen to learn, with excellent general knowledge, a passion for news and current affairs, and a real commitment to a career in journalism.

You’ll also need to have a recognised journalism qualification, including media law and shorthand at 100wpm, and would also likely have work experience.

What we can offer you …

In return, we’ll provide on-the-job training to equip you with the skills you need to excel as a senior journalist in any newsroom, with a diverse programme involving rotations on both our national news and video wires, our news and picture desks, and with our social, data, entertainment and city teams.

You will also be given the support and guidance of senior editors throughout the programme, will be given regular feedback on your work, and will have access to a designated mentor.

Over the years our editorial programmes have provided trainees with a place to hone their core news reporting skills – grounded in our principles of fast, fair and accurate journalism – as well as to develop their multimedia and digital skills. Many trainees have gone on to build successful careers within PA and the wider news industry, holding senior editorial positions across digital, broadcast and print media.

We are particularly keen to recruit candidates from a diverse range of ethnic and social backgrounds, and as part of the selection process you will be asked how you would bring diversity to our newsrooms.

Successful completion of the 18-month Senior Journalist apprenticeship will be followed by up to a further six months working in PA’s newsrooms while we look to offer you a staff position.

How to apply …

As part of your application, please include a cover letter which includes:

  • What motivated you to apply for this position? 
  • What relevant experience you can bring to the role?
  • Links to an existing portfolio or cuttings

 The rotations:

General reporters

You will train on the job as a multimedia reporter covering a broad range of stories, from breaking news, the courts and politics to financial news and showbiz, for PA’s wire and digital services.


A fundamental element of PA storytelling, you will be trained in shooting high-quality video, processing and editing fast turnaround news footage, and creating high quality packages for online publishers across a diverse range of channels including news, sport, entertainment, lifestyle, tech, viral and motoring. You will also be integral to the creative process for PA’s video coverage.


Social media is at the heart of PA’s newsroom, both as a newsgathering resource and as a channel for content publishing. Your work will involving finding and verifying material from social mediawriting articles and managing PA’s social channels.


Handling data with confidence is a skill increasingly expected of journalists and PA is no exception. You will spend time with our data specialists learning how best to write about data and gaining experience in handling stories involving statistics and spreadsheets.


The Entertainment team covers all the latest news in the world of TV, Film, Music and Showbiz, as well as covering Media, Theatre and Arts stories. With access to high profile celebrities and events, you will have the opportunity to conduct interviews, attend red carpet events and create original content for all relevant services, all working within a breaking news environment to turn around accurate, concise copy.


You will learn how to read company results published each day to the London Stock Exchange, how to calculate a chief executive’s pay packet from an annual report and take part in media conference calls with CEOs, where you will be expected to ask questions on behalf of the newswire. You will also be able to attend face-to-face briefings (pandemic pending!), write stories for the wires on business and finance, and learn about the mechanisms of how and when companies report their results.


The Features team creates content across the worlds of Health and Wellbeing, Fashion and Beauty, Food and Drink, Interiors and Gardening, Books and Travel – and responds to the news of the day with a lifestyle lens, via fast turnaround online pieces. You will learn the art of interviewing experts and celebrities sensitively and in-depth, build relationships with PRs, craft reviews and develop longer-form pieces.


You will work alongside PA’s news editors as they manage our network of reporters across the UK and Ireland, planning coverage, answering calls from PRs, responding to customer requests and ensuring high-quality copy across our wire and digital services.

Picture desk

The Picture Desk assigns our photographers across the UK and Ireland to shoot breaking news, planned events, showbiz, standalones and sport for print and online. You will be using PhotoMechanic to caption pictures, as well as talking to photographers, customers, and using our extensive archive.

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