Event - The Young Journalist Programme

The Young Journalist Programme

London • Ages 15-18

7th December 2019
University College, London

On the Young Journalist Programme, a group of journalists from some of the world’s most renowned media houses will immerse you in a series of interactive role plays, seminars, and Q&A sessions, to give you a 360-degree experience of journalism. You will also be coached on how to maximise your chances of becoming a top journalist, starting now.  You will leave the programme having gained a competitive advantage over other aspiring journalists, and a brilliant experience to include on your UCAS application.

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Programme Outcomes and Highlights 

You will undertake the ultimate work experience in journalism, participating in activities including:

  • Writing your own news column
  • Planning your own investigative scoop
  • Recording your own news story
  • Using data to bring your words to life
  • You will be coached by our expert journalists through each of these tasks and be given live feedback


You will be coached on how to become a top journalist:

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

You will have access to established journalists from some of the most renowned media houses in the world:

  • Q&A time with journalists who have worked at places such as The BBC, The Economist, The Daily Telegraph, CNN, ITV, Sky News, Private Eye and The Independent.
  • Unlimited lifetime access to our depth of expertise. Students can contact us for further advice at any time and the most-relevant journalist will respond to your questions.

 Boost your UCAS form and job applications:

  • Attendance demonstrates your commitment to becoming a journalist, and is a unique example of a ‘super-curricular’ achievement to mention on UCAS forms…

Programme Fee

£135/student for the full day.
Places are limited. If 2 or more places are booked students receive a 10% discount. Enter code GROUP10 at checkout to benefit from this. 
(included within the day’s programme will be a guided tour of parts of the university campus which is available to all programme attendees).

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

    Programme Timetable*
    10.30am The World of a Journalist - The star players and leading institutions
    - The pressure and expectations
    - Welcome to the Newsroom
    11.00am The Print Journalist - Stories, sources and secrets
    - How to structure an engaging story
    - The need for speed, accuracy and an angle
    - BREAKING NEWS: write your own story on a controversial new parliamentary bill
    12.00pm The Broadcast Journalist - Inside the newsroom, out on the road
    - The pressures of a live broadcast
    - Style, technique and personality
    - BREAKING NEWS: write and record your own news story
    1.00pm Lunch break
    2.00pm The Investigative Journalist - What is investigative journalism?
    - Where and how to start
    - Balancing conflicting influences
    - BREAKING NEWS: plan your own scoop
    3.00pm The Data Journalist - The brave new world of journalism
    - Using data to tell a story
    - Numbers tell a thousand words
    - BREAKING NEWS: use data to tell your story, your way
    4.00pm Breaking into Journalism - Routes into the profession
    - Getting that elusive work experience
    - What editors are looking for
    4.30pm Panel Q&A - Live Q&A with journalists from top media houses
    - All your burning questions answered
    - Make valuable contacts
    5.30pm Close

    *exact programme subject to change without notice. Please note that included within the day’s programme will be a guided tour of parts of the university campus which is available to all programme attendees.


    Programme Location

    University College, London (UCL)
    The Roberts Building
    Torrington Place
    Greater London
    WC1E 7JE
    United Kingdom

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    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.


    Please feel free to get in touch with us with any questions! You may also find our FAQ section useful.

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