BBC Journalism Trainee Scheme now with extended deadline of 17 February

The BBC Journalism Trainee Scheme 2014 is now open for applications with an extended deadline of 17 February.

The entry criteria for this year's scheme has been widened, and it is now also open to people with a qualification in broadcast journalism -- though this is by no means a requirement.

Now in its eighth year the BBC’s Journalism Trainee Scheme offers a year’s paid work as a trainee in one of our UK newsrooms -- across online, radio and TV – and the chance to work in one of the greatest broadcasting organisations in the world.

Entries open for Independent young journalist prize

The Wyn Harness Prize for Young Journalists, offered by the Independent, is open to anyone under 25 who is in training or in the early part of their career as a newspaper journalist.

It involves writing a 500 to 700 word story on an overlooked aspect of Britain or British society.

The winner gets their story published in the paper, a £1,000 bursary, and work experience at the Indy.

Free journalism ebook

One final post (probably) about the NCTJ conference... It was also used to promote a new ebook on the state of the journalism industry and the issues faced by modern reporters, Journalism: New Challenges.
It has been produced by Bournemouth University and is available to download for free at http://microsites.bournemouth.ac.uk/cjcr/publications/journalism-new-cha... as either an ebook, PDF or to view online.

NCTJ Skills Conference: what we learned

A more considered overview of the NCTJ Skills Conference than the brief burst of words I managed to fire off from my iPad while waiting for a bus in Bournemouth earlier...

1. Embrace social media, but don't rely on it

Peter Bale, Vice President of CNN International Digital, told students to build an online profile and earn trust by being a consistent sharer of reliable, good quality information. He said newsroom recruits are now expected to be Twitter-literate (Twitterate?).

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