Down News – Trainee Journalist Job Vacancy


Trainee Journalist-Skills Development Opportunity – (Full-time / Temporary)

(Under the Youth Employment Scheme 18-24 year old)
dn_screenHave you got what it takes to become a professional journalist using new writing, computer and people skills?
An opportunity has arisen in Down News for an enthusiastic  trainee journalist which may lead to a permanent position.
Job location: Down Business Centre, Downpatrick.
Salary: Not applicable – under Youth Employment Scheme – see  advisor at Downpatrick Jobcentre for full details.
Hours: 35
Worktime: Days and times to be arranged, see Other Info. But some flexibility may be required.
Age: 18-24
Closing date: extended to Friday 16th August 2013
Pension type: None
Employer: Down News Ltd.
Business: Internet newspaper
Address: Office 2, Knowledge House, Down Business Centre,  46 Belfast Road, Downpatrick County Down, BT30 9UP.
Telephone: 028 44 615690

Job Duties:

This is an opportunity expected to last for 6-9 months initially on this Youth Employment Service Scheme. Participants are expected to attend 35 hours per week, excluding meal breaks – this includes time spent on training (150 taught hours in a formal course or courses during the work scheme).dn_screen
To make the most of this opportunity you should:
* have a further education diploma or equivalent, a qualification in Journalism, or a Third Level qualification (or  other higher level qualification preferably in sports) – the trainee has the option to focus on sports and/or news. * be computer literate * have good writing skills and good personal people skills * have a driving licence

Qualifications / Experience:

Participants will gain experience in the following occupational skills: * writing news and sports articles including features * working on internet news * interviewing skills * visiting events and news gathering * recording information * interviewing techniques * professional etiquette * using Internet-based technolog
At the end of this programme you will be experienced and confident to move towards a vocational qualification in Journalism.
The skills development programme is aimed at unemployed 18-24 year olds. Participants will retain their benefit rate plus a £45 a week top-up to create a benefit based training allowance. Some travel and child care costs may be reimbursed.

Application Method:

To apply, please in the first instance to or phone 028 44 615690 for further information.

If you are unemployed your local Jobs & Benefits Office can provide you with additional support. For assistance with your job interview visit Getting Started.

Other Information:

dn_screenEquality Statement: Depending on circumstances, this opportunity may have potential to lead to a permanent vacancy. Required Languages: The ability to understand health and safety instructions in both verbal and written English.
If you are unemployed you may get help with travel costs. Ask about the Travel to Interview Scheme.