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Trainee production journalist

Trainee production journalist

ExpiresExpires: 11/08/2022
Editorial / Writing / Storytelling
Application RestrictionsBlack, Asian and Ethnically Diverse | Disabled | Lower Socio-Economic Status

Salary: £24,839 per annum

Contract duration: 9 months

Location: Salford, Manchester

Deadline: 10th August 2022 at 23:59

Start date: October 2022


Do you have a strong interest in news and journalism? This is a great opportunity to begin your career with ITV, Britain's most popular commercial broadcaster.

ITV News delivers high quality and trustworthy coverage attracting record audiences. They are offering you the opportunity to join their regional news teams as a trainee journalist. You will be taught all the skills you’ll need to work in one of their multi-media news operations. They’re looking for people who can demonstrate a commitment to journalism, have great story ideas and are ambitious. 

You will be learning from talented people who want to share their skills and experience with you. It’s a fast-paced environment so you should be ready to work hard and to high standards. You will be well supported with regular feedback and guidance.   

This is a nine-month programme starting on Monday 3rd October 2022.


Knowledge, skills, experience

  • A strong interest in news and a commitment to a career in journalism
  • Able to bring an original perspective and have creative ideas
  • You should be detail orientated, with good spelling, language and grammar skills
  • Able to critically analyse a programme or piece of text and draw out the key themes
  • You will need to provide evidence of having a GCSE in English Language or equivalent (Level 5 or equivalent) 

They’re particularly interested in talented and enthusiastic people who have committed themselves to a career in journalism, either through their writing, work experience, academic choices or their career so far. If you’re looking to change your career and you can demonstrate an interest in journalism, your application will be welcome.


Am I eligible to apply?

You will need to be over the age of 18 by 1st October 2022. ITV's development programme involves attending short periods of training in other parts of the country so you must be prepared to travel (ITV will provide accommodation and travel costs). You need to be based in the UK, Isle of Man or Channel Islands and have the right to work here, as ITV News does not sponsor work permits for its traineeship schemes.  

Should you secure a permanent role with ITV News following on from the traineeship, you should be aware that the role of a production journalist involves early, late and weekend shifts, which requires you to be in a position to get to and from work outside of normal working hours when public transport may not be available. 

You’ll receive a salary of £24,839 per annum and five weeks paid annual leave pro-rata during the scheme, plus public holidays. A very high percentage of those who graduate from the programme have gone on to secure permanent roles across ITV's regional, national and international news teams, both in front and behind the camera and ITV more widely, although there are no guarantees of continued employment beyond the 9 months.


To apply

  • Log in to your Creative Access account or register today to apply for this opportunity
  • Upload your CV and cover letter as one document (applications without a tailored cover letter will not be accepted)
  • Once submitted, you can no longer amend your application, so proof-read carefully
  • Do not contact the company directly
  • Please email any queries about this role to Creative Access at this address:

This opportunity is only open to individuals from a group that is under-represented in the creative industries. This includes, but is not limited to Black, Asian and ethnically diverse candidates, disabled people, and individuals from lower socioeconomic backgrounds.

The successful candidate for this opportunity will also participate in a Creative Access support programme that sits alongside workplace training. This includes a programme of induction training, monthly masterclasses, wellbeing support, buddying / mentoring and more.

Years of experience

  • Entry