Media and Photography

Junior Journalist Level 3 Apprenticeship

In Brief

Start Date / Duration

This programme has various start dates throughout the year and will take a minimum of 18 months to complete.

Entry requirements

You will achieve

You will achieve a NCTJ Level 3 Diploma in Journalism and Level 3 Junior Journalist Apprenticeship.

Course overview

Journalists bring people the news and information from their street, their community, their town or city and from around the world using a combination of words, pictures and moving images. They are able to work on their own competently and work without immediate supervision in generating and producing stories for publication and/or broadcast. At the successful completion of this apprenticeship, you will become a junior journalist.

Click here for further information regarding the Standard Apprenticeship.


Course content

Knowledge and skills
Journalists will use their knowledge and skills to produce news and information for TV, radio, print and digital publications. These are the core skills for a junior journalist:

  • Know what a story is and how to carry out the necessary research and interviews
  • Build and maintain a range of reliable contacts
  • Create quality stories that are accurate, clear, vigorous, fair and balanced, in a form that will engage an audience
  • Work in an ethical manner and in accordance with relevant codes of conduct and demonstrate integrity
  • Be able to work on getting stories ‘right the first time’
  • Demonstrate an ability to write and use good English to industry standard for all platforms
  • Produce content for digital platforms, including video and photographic material
  • Adept at using social media and digital platforms and techniques to source content, contacts and build an audience
  • Be a good communicator
  • Understand the importance and value of brands
  • Connects with the audience they serve
  • Work to tight deadlines
  • Be technically proficient and able to understand/use web analytics
  • Understand how society works
  • Take and keep accurate notes and records
  • Be able to gather, verify and make proper use of User Generated Content (UGC)
  • Be able to gather, use and present data
  • Understand how the law affects the work of a journalist
  • Adhere to relevant health and safety legislation in the workplace
  • Understand the ‘news business’ with a knowledge of emerging trends in the media industry

Apprentices will follow one of the following pathways to gain the additional specialist skills:

For print and associated digital platforms, journalists must:

  • For most employers, write and accurately transcribe shorthand at 100 words per minute
  • Edit copy and write headlines for publication on different platforms
  • Take photographs suitable for publication
  • Be able to report from a wide range of settings
  • Research and write clear, accurate, compliant and engaging stories and features for newspapers, magazines and websites
  • For some employers, be able to use data to contribute towards potential editorial content and strategies
  • Have a good working knowledge of regulation as laid out in the editors’ code

For TV/radio and associated digital platforms, journalists must:

  • Research and write clear, accurate, balanced, compliant and engaging stories for TV and radio
  • For some employers, be able to write and accurately transcribe shorthand at 100 words per minute
  • Understand the techniques of interviewing for broadcast and can conduct a simple broadcast interview themselves
  • Demonstrate familiarity with the basic techniques and technology of broadcast newsgathering, including the sourcing of material
  • Have an awareness of the basic set-up of radio and television news studios, operate simple radio and television equipment, and be familiar with the language and terminology of a broadcast newsroom
  • Show a good working knowledge of the key principles of broadcast regulation as laid out in the Ofcom Broadcasting Code; and BBC editorial guidelines

For public relations (PR), corporate communications and associated digital platforms, journalists must:

  • Understand how journalism in PR and corporate communications differs from journalism in other sectors
  • For some employers, be able to write and accurately transcribe shorthand at 100 words per minute
  • Be able to prepare content for specific purposes (e.g. press releases, social media, brochures, exhibition boards)
  • Have a good understanding of the business (businesses) they work for
  • Know the difference between outputs (e.g. press releases, social media etc.)
  • Be able to act as a mediator and facilitator between the media and employer


This assessment will include the NCTJ Level 3 Diploma in Journalism, an existing end-of-programme assessment which is well-recognised and valued in the industry. The end-point assessment will cover the whole standard and will be graded pass, merit or distinction.

You will need a folder, plastic wallets, dividers and a USB device.

Old Mill Lane campus
Church Street
S70 2AX

Upon completion you could progress onto a Higher Level Apprenticeship Journalism or apply for job roles including:

  • Journalism
  • Video Journalism
  • Public Relations
  • Design
  • Marketing
  • Feature writing
  • Radio

How much does the course cost?

There is no cost to being an apprentice. All costs associated with your apprenticeship, including the cost of training and your salary, will be paid by your employer.

Extra information

For further information please contact the team on +44 (0)1226 216 123 or email:



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Having good English and maths qualifications are important for most careers and we want to give you the help you need to succeed.

If you are aged 16 – 19 and don’t already have a grade C/4 or above in GCSE English and maths they will automatically be included in your study programme. If you want to work towards higher grades in English and maths  we can help you do that too.

Need a higher level maths qualification? We offer a Level 3 Mathematical Studies (Core Maths).

This can be added to your study programme

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Junior Journalist Level 3 Apprenticeship

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