The Young Journalist Programme

The Young Journalist Programme

London • Ages 15-18

12th - 13th December 2020
Live Online

On the Young Journalist Programme, a group of journalists from some of the world’s most renowned media brands will immerse you in the world of news and media through a series of interactive role-plays, seminars and Q&A sessions.

You will have the opportunity to experience some hands-on activities, including learning to structure an article, recording your own news story, and flexing your editorial skills to build your own news programme. You will also be coached on how to maximise your chances of becoming a top news professional, starting now. 

The programme takes place over two days – Saturday dedicated to written and investigative journalism, and Sunday to broadcast journalism and newsrooms. You can choose to attend either one or both days.

Attendance will give you a competitive edge in the race for the best universities and jobs in journalism and a ‘super-curricular’ experience to add to your CV and UCAS application.


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An Immersive Experience of Journalism

  • Expert journalists will coach you through live, interactive simulations, including:
  • Writing your own news column
  • Conducting an investigation into an international scandal 
  • Recording your own news story and receiving feedback from reporters
  • Constructing a nightly news programme 

An Audience With Top Journalists From World-Renowned Media Brands:

  • Q&A time with journalists who have worked at places including The BBC, The Financial Times, The Guardian, Sky News, CNN and Channel 4 News
  • Unlimited lifetime access to our depth of expertise. Students can contact us for further advice at any time.

Career Coaching for Future Journalists:

  • An action plan of how to becoming a top journalist, starting now
  • Coaching by experts on: A-level, university and degree choices; extra-curricular activities; work experience; and application techniques

 Boost Your UCAS Form and CV:

  • Attendance demonstrates your commitment to becoming a journalist, and is a unique example of a ‘super-curricular’ achievement to mention on your UCAS form
  • Complete the online assessment after the programme and receive a personalised certificate to include in your applications

Programme Format:

The programme involves a mixture of interactive simulations, exercises and Q&A sessions. A full timetable can be found below.

This programme will take place online, delivered LIVE by top professionals, with opportunities for you to interact and ask questions

Programme Fee:

£95/student for one day (you can choose either day 1 or 2), £165/student for both days. Places are limited. If 2 or more places are booked students receive a 10% discount. Enter code GROUP10 at checkout to benefit from this.

For a full list of terms and conditions, please click here.

    11.00am The World of a Journalist - The star players and leading institutions
    - The pressure and expectations
    - The changing face of journalism
    11.30am News Reporting: Print and Digital - Stories, sources and secrets
    - How to structure an engaging story
    - The need for speed, accuracy and an angle
    - Work under pressure to respond to breaking news
    - Writing workshop: learning the craft of journalistic writing, creating engaging headlines, and editing for impact
    1.15pm Lunch break
    2.15pm Investigative Journalism - What is investigative journalism?
    - Where and how to start
    - Balancing conflicting influences
    - Pursue a detailed investigation into a corporate manslaughter case through an interactive journey
    - Follow a series of clues to land a ground-breaking story
    4.00pm Professional feedback - Present your news reports to a panel of journalists
    - Receive detailed feedback on your stories
    4.30pm Career coaching and Panel Q&A - Coaching on the path to succeed in journalism, starting now!
    - The skills needed to succeed as a freelancer: building your brand, pitching to outlets and more
    - Live Q&A with journalists from top media houses
    - All your burning questions answered
    5.30pm Close

    *exact programme subject to change without notice.

    11.00am The World of Broadcast Journalism - Reporting live: find out what it takes to become a broadcast journalist for TV or digital news
    - Bringing the news to life through impactful reporting and visual storytelling
    - Editing, cutting, graphics, sound and more
    11.30am News Reporting: Broadcast - Inside the newsroom; out on the road
    - The pressures of a live broadcast across a variety of digital media
    - Differences in style, technique and personality
    - BREAKING NEWS: write and record your own news story
    1.15pm Lunch break
    2.00pm The News at Two - Learn the structure of a newsroom and grapple with editorial decisions
    - Decide the running order for your news programme
    - Use the reports you filmed earlier to build a news programme that will inform and engage
    - Select the graphics, sound, and more
    4.00pm Professional feedback - Showcase your reporting, editing and digital skills
    - Receive feedback on your news reports from experienced professionals
    4.30pm Career coaching and Panel Q&A - Coaching on the path to succeed in journalism, starting now!
    - Routes into major media organisations
    - What editors are looking for
    5.30pm Close

    *exact programme subject to change without notice.

    Venue & Dates

    Programme Date

    Live Online: 12th - 13th December 2020

    You can attend this programme via our state-of-the-art, interactive online platform from anywhere in the world. All the content will be delivered in a live, interactive manner and you’ll have the opportunity to ask questions of our experienced professionals. All you need is an internet connection; we will send you full details of how to access the programme well in advance.


    This programme is for students aged 15-18 who have the passion and ambition to both learn about this career, and start boosting their UCAS/college applications & CVs. If you are a student who is slightly older or younger than our guidelines, then please do get in touch with us to discuss your specific situation.

    There is no application process, and you can secure your place simply by clicking “Register Now”. We operate on a first-come first-served basis and programme places are limited; we are usually full a couple of months in advance of the programme date. No prior knowledge or experience is required to join this programme as we build your knowledge from the basics up to more advanced concepts.


    We exist to give students a life-changing experience. We are proud to report that we have an overall rating of 4.8 out of 5 on Google Reviews. Our Google reviews can be read in full here, and some highlights are below.


    If you are trying to register and the registration box is not appearing it is likely because of firewall restrictions on your desktop device. You may wish to try on your mobile device instead. Alternatively, please email with details of the programme you want to register for. We will reserve your place immediately and send you a link to pay by card online.

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