Richard Lawson, Broadcast Journalist, BBC

This is far and away one of the best things I’ve been involved in – it’s fun but intelligent, inspiring yet rigorous.


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The Young Journalists’ Academy is a unique programme aimed at inspiring and training the newsmakers of tomorrow. Through our summer school, conferences and master classes, organised in partnership with some of the world’s leading media organisations, the YJA give aspiring journalists the confidence, the skills and the contacts they need to kick-start their careers in the media.

All of our opportunities are free and open to 16 to 18 year old students in the UK. Past students have gone on to work at high-profile media companies and publications including The Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Sun, Reuters and the BBC.

Tom Slater, Assistant Editor at online magazine spiked and YJA Summer School graduate

Since getting involved with the Young Journalists’ Academy I’ve worked for Time Out, TES and am now assistant editor of spiked. I would never have made it this far without the YJA.

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project Summer school

The YJA summer school is an intensive, week-long programme that gives state school students from London – who have the talent, but lack the right contacts – the chance to launch their careers in journalism.

Over the course of the week, students learn the tricks of the trade from leading journalists, with workshops covering everything from the celebrity splash to the hard-hitting news piece. Along with visits to high-profile media organisations, the students gain a broad overview of the industry, while learning from the professionals themselves how to start making their way.

The 2014 summer school will take place between Saturday 9 August and Saturday 16 August in Canary Wharf.

Applications are now closed

If you have any queries contact Viv Regan at

Jasmit Soni, 17, Heston Community School, Hounslow

For me, the summer school was a pivotal experience… I have seen the determination and hard work required to fulfil my dream.

project Masterclasses

In partnership with Bloomberg, the YJA are running a series of master classes giving seasoned YJA alumni as well as new students the chance to work closely with Bloomberg journalists and have their work appraised by some of the best in the business.

Sessions cover everything from how to write a succinct news-in-brief to a provocative opinion piece, and will be also feature in depth Q&As with Bloomberg journalists.

Find out more and register your interest

Shingi Mararike, 17, Newham Sixth-Form College, London

I can honestly say the next piece I write will by my best ever; thanks in no small part to what I picked up at the master class.

project Media Event

The future of journalism in a digital era

Monday 16 June, Level 39, 1 Canada Square, Canary Wharf, London

This one-day conference, will bring together local students, teachers and major players from the press to explore the future of journalism in a high-tech, increasingly digitised age.

Students who attend will not only familiarise themselves with the skills they need to make it in the field of journalism, but they will also be given the chance to grapple with and debate the ethical and political controversies that engulf this profession, particularly as it moves into a post-print, online world.

Join the day and find out more

project News academy

News Academy’s mission is to invest in the future of journalism. Created in partnership with News UK, News Academy will give thousands of budding reporters the chance to engage with leading journalists through events across the UK and Ireland and a host of online resources.

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News Academy is holding conferences, school visits and talks in Glasgow, Dublin, Manchester, Cardiff and London and provide school visits and talks to schools up and down the country. A summer school for the best students will be held in News UK’s London headquarters, where students will take part in intensive workshops with News UK journalists.

Online, students can enter monthly competitions, where they will get the chance to report on the hot topics of the day and showcase their work online.

Find out more and register your interest

Guto Harri,  director of communications, News UK

We are thrilled to be working in partnership with the highly regarded Young Journalists’ Academy. The program combines the enthusiasm and passion of the YJA, with the resource, drive and investment of News UK & Ireland