Golden opportunity for aspiring sports journalist

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WE are giving one aspiring sports journalist the chance of a lifetime – to work with our sports team while working towards recognised industry qualifications.

The Herald & Gazette series, together with Etc magazine, has teamed up with City College Brighton and Hove to offer a trio of young people the chance to train to become fully qualified journalists.

Three internships are on offer – one in the busy Herald newsroom, one on the sports desk and one on our popular, glossy magazine, Etc – from September, 2012, to June, 2013.

One day a week will be spent working with the sports team in the office, while there will also be the chance to head out to cover top-class local sport at weekends to gain essential experience.

Three more weekdays will be spent studying for the National Council for the Training of Journalists Multimedia Diploma at City College’s central Brighton office, two minutes’ from the railway station.

The City College course will cover shorthand, news reporting, features, law, public affairs, and options ranging from sport to production.

And after studying for three days a week, the successful applicants will get the chance to put their newly learned skills into practice on the sports desk and out reporting.

Herald & Gazette editor-in-chief Colin Channon said: “We are delighted to offer this wonderful opportunity for teenagers wanting to enter the world of journalism. But there will be a rigorous interview process.

“This will allow them to train while gaining real-life, on-the-job experience in a busy media workplace.

“And, at the end of their course, the students should be in a perfect position to gain full-time employment in journalism.

“We are looking for someone who has always wanted to be a sports journalist, and we want to help them realise that dream.

“There is a lot of high-quality sport which takes place locally and this is your chance to go out and watch it, report on it, and find stories yourself.

“We’ve got the excitement of the Olympics coming up, with several local athletes involved, and, as soon as that is over, it’s time to look forward to the winter sport seasons.

“From watching high-class rugby at Worthing, to the all-action excitement of watching Worthing Thunder Basketball Club, to football, cricket, golf, tennis, sailing, you name the sport, we report on it, and you can, too.

“The sporting world is always changing and this is a golden chance for you to be involved in it.”

To apply, email your CV and covering letter to City College course leader Peter Lindsey, at PL1@ccb.ac.uk, or call him, on 01273 667788 ext 431.