Are you a journalist looking to take the next step in your career? This Level 7 Senior Journalist Apprenticeship course, led by experienced journalists from across industry, will open up future prospects by equipping you with the skills and knowledge needed to progress into a senior role in the media.
You'll spend 20% of your time (one day a week) refreshing your current skills and learning new skills and 80% (four days a week) in your workplace. You'll also be equipped to take the NCTJ National Qualification in Journalism (NQJ).
You'll study online with a blended mix of learning including lectures, practical workshops, seminars, and industry placements. You'll also have regular tripartite meetings with an academic coach and a workplace mentor to track your progress toward your NQJ and your apprenticeship assessments.
The course will cover key developments around digital publishing and brand awareness and include full training in media law and editorial leadership.
This apprenticeship is work-based so there is a strong element of practical learning and project work. You'll mostly study online with a blended mix of learning including lectures, quizzes, workshops, seminars, and brainstorming sessions. You'll also have regular tripartite meetings with an academic coach and a workplace mentor to track your progress toward your NQJ and your apprenticeship assessments. There will be in-person inductions to introduce you to your tutors, learning materials, and resources.
Develop an advanced ability to generate story ideas, interview people from different contexts, write in a variety of styles, and produce a range of audio and visual content. Develop your ability to use data and social media to tell stories across a variety of platforms in a way that demonstrates the expertise, authority, and trustworthiness of you and your employer.
Develop advanced skills in digital publishing. Continue to engage with analytics, search engine optimisation, and social media to understand how to find the audience for your content and grow that audience. Learn the latest techniques in telling stories with text, photography, video, audio, and interactives. Explore the latest developments in data journalism – including how to find data, interpret it, and bring it to life with compelling storytelling and visualisations. Use social media to curate content and sources ethically and legally, and take steps to ensure verification and transparency to build trust in your journalism.
Gain an advanced awareness of media brands, in both digital and print, and learn how to develop a brand, and engage, and grow a target audience. Develop an understanding of the key commercial concerns faced by UK publishers and the different methods editorial teams use to monetise content, build brand awareness, and adopt additional revenue streams.
Develop the management skills required to work as a senior journalist or editor, including mentoring and developing junior staff, chairing editorial conferences, delegating tasks, and decision-making regarding your brand. Learn how to pitch and present ideas to editorial executives, advertisers, and brand partners.
Gain up-to-date knowledge of defamation, privacy, copyright, and confidence law, the Contempt of Court Act, and court reporting restrictions and how to challenge them. Learn how to apply the Editors’ code regulated by Ipso, to content to ensure it is ethically compliant. Learn how to protect confidential sources, take senior responsibility for freelance content, and how to mentor other journalists to work in a legally and ethically responsible way.
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While individual employers will select apprentices for a place on the course, you would usually be expected to have completed a period of more than 12 months on the job, or have a regulated Diploma in Journalism qualification, a degree in any subject, or completed the Junior Journalist Apprenticeship.
Applicants must hold Maths and English GCSE at a minimum of Grade C or numerical grade 4 to 9 (or equivalent).
To search for apprenticeships offered by employers in your area go to: gov.uk/apply-apprenticeship
Larger organisations can use their apprenticeship levy and government top-up to pay tuition and professional fees of higher apprenticeships. For smaller employers, the government pays 95%, with the remainder co-invested by the business.
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This course will prepare you for a role as a senior journalist and in roles such as digital editor, content editor, features editor, news editor, audience relationship manager, video journalist, and senior reporter.