Innovative journalism training scheme launched to create multimedia journalists for future

from left Emily Woolfe, James Keen and Will Faulkner

An exciting, new, one-of-a-kind opportunity has been launched to help train the journalists of the future.

Tindle’s radio and newspaper businesses have teamed up to create a unique Multimedia Reporter role, which will see the successful applicants learn the skills needed to produce high-quality content for newspapers, podcasts, news websites and radio broadcasts.

The innovative new multimedia training programme is offering editorial hopefuls the chance to develop all the disciplines needed for their future careers by writing across printed publications and websites, appearing on the radio and even delivering compelling podcast series.

Trainee journalists will join an organisation where they can gain experience over two years while becoming a qualified journalist.

With our newspapers, websites and radio stations at the heart of the communities they serve, our first multimedia trainees will share stories about the best of the people who keep our regions going while also playing a vital role in holding authorities to account.

With the scheme running for 24 months, successful applicants will divide their time into three months each with a newspaper team, the digital team, Midlands 103, our radio station in Ireland, and our Jersey station Channel 103, before spending 12 months specialising at one centre.

Recognised training

Throughout this time, the trainees will undertake the National Council for the Training of Journalists Diploma in Journalism to receive the recognised training to succeed.

Operating in some of the most scenic locations in England, Wales and the Isle of Man, our newspapers and websites hold communities together with valued local news.

Tindle Newspapers Managing Director Scott Wood said: “The way journalism is told is changing, and we are proud to be at the forefront of those changes.

“From putting together a news bulletin to writing a front page splash, creating digital-first copy to drive page views, or pitching and recording a podcast, there is no element of journalism we will leave untouched through this unique scheme.”

Group Digital Editor Emily Woolfe said: “This exciting two-year scheme is unique to us, offering a fantastic route into journalism.

Quality content

“We are offering the opportunity for budding reporters to learn how to produce eye-catching video and content for our websites, sculpt the perfect splash for print and learn all the tools to produce top-quality audio content.

“The digital training part of the scheme is all about innovation, so we will teach you how to interpret analytics to develop story ideas, create articles which engage our audiences and learn how to enhance your content using a variety of audio and visual tools.”

Will Faulkner, Managing Director of Midlands 103, said: “Headquartered in Tullamore, County Offaly, which is a rural catchment steeped in Ireland’s famous hospitality and cultural landscape, the trainees will be working on current affairs and light entertainment programming and digital content, informed by audience research and backed by a strong track record in online innovation.”

James Keen, Pan-island Managing Director, Tindle Radio Channel Islands, said: “We are delighted to offer aspiring journalists the chance to work at the British Isles’ most listened-to radio station by percentage reach.

“You will work on a variety of local news stories, learn how to craft engaging radio script, audio edit and put together compelling news bulletins that appeal to our audience while complying with broadcast regulations.”

Support provided

Depending on the applications received, several roles will be created through the scheme, which is open to applicants who have the legal right to work in the British Isles and the Republic of Ireland.

Candidates must be prepared to relocate three times in the first year for training at each location, with support provided to help find accommodation and complete visas.

The launch of the new scheme comes after one of our apprentice journalists won a prestigious training award. Lauren Meredith, who produces editorial content for the Brecon & Radnor Express and Abergavenny Chronicle, was named Journalism Apprentice of the Year award at the Cardiff and Vale College Apprenticeship Awards, held as part of National Apprenticeship Week.

Lauren is one of five apprentices close to completing their training programmes, whereby they gain skills in video, photography and writing news copy, as well as strong experience of digital publishing and social media audience development.

We also have four editorial trainees on board as part of the Community News Project (CNP), the journalism recruitment scheme funded by tech giant Meta in conjunction with the NCTJ to support quality local journalism in targeted communities while improving the diversity of newsrooms.

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