Applications for the 2015 summer school have now closed. We will open applications for our next summer school in February 2016.

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 London. 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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Applications for our 2015 summer school have now closed. Applications for our next summer school will open in February 2016. If you are aged between 16 and 18, passionate about journalism and keen to learn form the best, we would love to hear from you.

The YJA Summer School is an intensive, week-long programme that gives state-school students in London – who have the talent but lack the contacts – a chance to break into the media industry.

Over the week-long course, successful applicants will learn the tricks of the trade from leading journalists, with workshops covering everything from showbiz and sports, to news reporting and broadcast journalism. In addition to gaining top tips from renowned journalists, students will also have the chance to visit high-profile media organisations and the opportunity to network with top journalists and editors throughout the week.

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.

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Opportunities at the YJA do not just stop at the Summer School. We have partnered up with media organisations to ensure our graduates continue to receive the best journalistic opportunities after the Summer School too.

We offer our graduates the chance to work closely with top journalists. In the past this has included involvement in our YJA Masterclasses. In these small and unique workshops, graduates have the chance to get tips on everything from how to write succinct news-in-briefs to provocative opinion pieces. They can also put questions to the journalists during the Q&A.

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 be my best ever; thanks in no small part to what I picked up at the master class.

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The future of journalism in a digital era

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Students had the chance to attend a one day conference that discussed the future of journalism in our increasingly age that’s increasingly hi-tech. The conference brought together London students, teachers and top journalists to discuss the political and ethical issues at the heart of journalism today. The event also included breakout sessions which gave students the chance to put their questions directly to the journalists.

project News academy

The YJA is proud to be working with News UK on their national initiative, the News Academy.

Launched in 2013, the News Academy has already held conferences in cities across the UK including Norwich, Manchester, Dublin, Belfast, Glasgow, Cardiff and London. In addition to running conferences, the News Academy organises school visits and competitions for students. This great opportunity allows budding journalists across the UK to learn more about journalism and how to break into the industry from leading professionals at The Sun, The Times and The Sunday Times.

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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