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Get 20% off all Summer Experiences by using our Black Friday code BF20 at checkout before midnight 28th November!

Get 20% off all Summer Experiences by using our Black Friday code BF20 at checkout before midnight 28th November!

The Young Journalist Summer Experience

InvestIN Education
InvestIN Education

The Young Journalist Summer Experience


You can get a 20% discount on this Summer Experience if you book before midnight on Monday 28th November by using the code BF20 at checkout

The Young Journalist Summer Experience gives students aged 15-18 a fully-immersive experience of working as a journalist in London

Over the course of 15 days, students will have some of the most exclusive experiences of journalism that one can imagine.

Join us for a life-changing experience that will set you up for a future as a successful journalist.

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Immersive Experiences of Journalism

  • Visit a state-of-the-art news studio at a major national news organisation and present the evening news in a simulated broadcast
  • Attend a private reception with award-winning journalists from major news organisations, including The BBC, The Telegraph and Channel 4 News
  • Become the sports correspondent and read the latest sporting headlines in an interactive session at a radio studio
  • Become the investigative journalist and journey through the political and financial heart of London to uncover a ground-breaking exposé

Meet Senior Journalists:

  • Be coached through the immersive experiences with journalists from world-renowned media brands including The BBC, The Financial Times, The Guardian, Sky News, CNN and Channel 4 News and more
  • Private networking sessions with these professionals, who can become vital connections for your future career

Career Coaching:

  • Receive training on how to land the most desirable jobs in journalism
  • Advice on subject choices, university selection, work experience, extra-curricular activities and more
  • World-class professional development training: dedicated coaching on all the soft skills you need to become a top journalist: leadership, teamwork, communication, time management, public speaking, negotiation and more

Competitive Advantage In Your University Applications:

  • Attending the Summer Experience demonstrates that you have gained skills which are highly-valued by top universities
  • Complete the assessment after the programme and receive a personalised certificate to include in your university applications

World-Class Universities And World-Class People:

  • Experience life at one of the best universities on the planet: University College London (UCL).
  • Meet talented and ambitious students from around the world who fly in for the Summer Experience, creating an invaluable lifetime network.

Design Your Own Summer Experience:

  • Select your preferred length of experience. You can choose to attend for:

      1.  days 1-15 (the full experience); or

      2.  days 1-10 only; or

      3.  days 1-5 only

  • Accommodation, meals, guardianship and airport pick-up are available if required and can be added at checkout

Immersive Experiences Days 1-5

Print and Digital Journalism

-Receive coaching from experienced journalists from The Guardian, The BBC and more on how to structure an engaging story with speed, accuracy and that all-important angle
-Breaking news! You are the lead journalist on a breaking story
-Work under pressure to verify the facts, find your angle and craft your story
-Learn the craft of journalistic writing, creating engaging headlines and editing for impact
-Will your story go viral? Maximise the impact of your story by utilising social media

Investigative Journalism

-Discover how investigative journalists who worked on international scandals such as the #MeToo movement and the Panama Papers use state-of-the-art tools to unearth stories
-You’ve just received a tip-off: use your investigation skills to follow leads and uncover the truth
-Receive powerful interview coaching by expert investigative journalists
-Explore the ways journalists work with sources: gaining their trust, protecting anonymity and reporting accurately
-Interview a key source relating to your investigation in an immersive interviewing simulation

Broadcast Journalism

-Record your own piece of on-the-ground broadcast journalism
-Go into the field and gather all the components that bring a story to life for viewers
-Receive coaching on the art of improvisation from experienced correspondents
-Visit a state-of-the-art news studio and discover how your daily news is made
-Become a primetime newsreader and present the evening news in a simulated studio
-Receive coaching from award-winning broadcast journalists on staying calm, collected and in control

Enter the Editing Suite

-Visit to a high-tech editorial suite and learn the digital skills needed to edit your own news stories
-Use the footage from the newsroom and out on the road to create your own high-impact story
-Become the producer: learn how to manage the news team
-Craft a cohesive news campaign with a compelling narrative, interactive graphics and multi-media coverage
-Premiere your news campaigns: showcase your campaign and receive detailed feedback from a panel of experienced journalists

You can get a 20% discount on this Summer Experience if you book before midnight on Monday 28th November by using the code BF20 at checkout

This Summer Experience is for students aged 15-18 and you do not require any prior knowledge to attend.

The programme starts on 28th July 2023. You can choose to attend for either days 1-5, days 1-10 or days 1-15; and either with or without accommodation. Pricing for all options is set out below.

Click “Register Now” to book your place. Alternatively, if you wish to pay via invoice/instalments, please complete this form and a member of our team will reach out to you.

London 5-Day London 10-Day London 15-Day
Length Days 1-5 Days 1-10 Days 1-15
Attend a private tour of a top newspaper. Uncover a ground breaking exposé with investigative journalists. Visit a studio and present the evening news. Edit your news campaign in an editing suite
Scrutinise politicians live from parliament square. Meet the team at a fashion magazine. Tour a cutting-edge radio station and address listeners
Private networking session with top journalists
World-class professional development training: 5 days of coaching on all the skills you need to become a top journalist
Summer Experience fee £1475 £2850 £3950
Optional fee for University of London accommodation (private single en-suite rooms) with all meals and guardianship included Available for an additional
Available for an additional
Available for an additional
Optional fee for London airport pick-up and drop-off (each way) Available for an additional
Available for an additional
Available for an additional

Choose a location below:

In Person

28th July 2023

The programme is based at UCL and the surrounding University of London campus. Certain days take place in other key industry locations in London.

Accommodation Location

Students who choose accommodation will reside in University of London halls of residence. We occupy 3 different halls close-by to each other (listed below). The vast majority of students will be placed in Garden Halls

Garden Halls, London, WC1H 9EN,

College Hall, London, WC1E 7HZ

International Hall, London, WC1N 1AS

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As part of your booking, you will receive 12 months’ access to our state-of-the-art tech platform, AmbitionX. Here you will find all of your programme materials and complete post-programme assessments to gain coveted ‘experience points’ to demonstrate your levels of professional development. You will also be able to access any of InvestIN’s Live Online weekend and evening programmes through AmbitionX at no extra cost.



In the unlikely event that the in-person programme is completely cancelled because of Covid-19 then students will receive a refund. We have never yet had to cancel a London summer experience, having successfully delivered programmes during the summers of 2020 and 2021, with strict social distancing and excellent feedback. We shall of course adhere to all Covid-related government guidelines in place at the time of the programme and keep student safety as the highest priority.

If you pay via credit because you postponed a previous booking then the credit note will be reissued to you in full.



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.