We have a fully educational editorial floor.
As a social enterprise using journalism to strengthen the community, we provide jobs, training and mentoring in the media industry to young people across our four titles: Roman Road LDN, Poplar LDN, Bethnal Green LDN, Whitechapel LDN and our overarching publication The Slice Tower Hamlets.
All our employees join us as part of a training programme and we offer something for every level, from interns and recent graduates to professionally trained journalists.
We are training the future generation of journalists according to our model of community-led journalism where the journalist’s role is to find and tell the stories that aren’t found in mainstream media working in partnership with the local community rather than reporting from the outside.
Each scheme is time-limited allowing us to train more young people. Some of our schemes are open only for people who live in Tower Hamlets, supporting the local economy and providing opportunities to young people who would not otherwise consider a career in media.
Two to four-week placements for young people in education, from GCSE students to postgraduates completing work experience as part of their studies. We have taken students from local secondary schools including Morpeth, Mulberry UTC and Bishop Challenor as well as media undergraduates and postgraduates form the UK’s leading journalism BA and MA courses.
Looking for a practical internship that offers hands-on experience in research, writing, interviewing and social media management? This highly-respected three-month intensive internship placement is suitable for career-changers with transferable skills as well as recent journalism graduates and postgraduates. We have close ties with City University, Sheffield, Goldsmiths and Cardiff University.
Writer in Residence
If you’ve been through one of our training schemes then you can apply to our Writer in Residence programme to consolidate what you have learned. Practice pitching, perfect long-form writing and develop your niche in journalism, including investigative, over a 12-month period. A monthly stipend of £100 is provided. Join us for regular editorial meetings and work as a team on developing your articles.
Citizen Journalism Scheme [Beginners]
Are you local to one of our publications and passionate about the local area? As part of our community-led model of local journalism, we provide free writing workshops to aspiring local citizen journalists who want to learn how to write reviews and news stories. Citizen journalist content is published alongside our editorial offering, helping local people benefit from the powerful platform and communication infrastructure we develop in the local community.
Digital Editor Trainee Course [Intermediary]
Are you a recent NCTJ, journalism graduate or experienced writer looking to deepen long-form writing, interview and editorship skills? This free part-time six-month course will give emerging journalists rigorous training and unmatched opportunities to create an impressive portfolio of challenging, long-form articles as well as real-life experience of running your own title. Trainees receive a two-hour workshop and one-to-one mentoring session every week and manage one of our sister titles in the role of Digital Editor Trainee. Open to external publications too.
Digital Editor Leadership Programme [Advanced]
Are you an early-career journalist who wants to fast-track your career in journalism? This 15-month intensive programme as a full-time PAYE employee will provide the responsibility and experience you need to deepen your journalism skills and run every aspect of a digital publication including content strategy, commissioning, editing, team management, data analytics and reporting. Start as an intern and leave as Editor. Candidates will need to have an MA in journalism or equivalent real-life skills.