Think you’ve got what it takes to be part of the exciting world of journalism?
Every year we run our flagship summer school where students get the chance to train with leading UK journalists and learn the tricks of the trade.
Applications are now closed for the 2017 summer school
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.
The Young Journalists’ Academy is a unique programme aimed at inspiring and training the newsmakers of tomorrow. Through our summer school, conferences and masterclasses, organised in partnership with some of the world’s leading media organisations, the YJA gives 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 23 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.
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Are you aged 16 to 19? Do you go to a London state school? Are you looking to break into journalism? Then YJA summer school is a must.
Applications for our 2017 summer school are closed.
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.
Saturday 5 August to Saturday 12 August 2017
During a jampacked week, YJA students learn to write clearly and tackle reviews, news, opinion and features; they experience the pace and excitement of working in a newsroom; and get the chance to produce video and photo journalism.
Our workshops are led by renowned journalists, and students get the opportunity to visit high-profile media organisations and network with top journalists and editors throughout the week.
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.
Opportunities at the YJA don’t stop at the Summer School. We run masterclasses throughout the year, in partnership with the best media organisations in the UK.
Run by top journalists, YJA Masterclasses are small and unique workshops where YJA graduates can 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.
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 YJA is proud to be working with News UK on their national initiative, the News Academy.
Launched in 2013, the News Academy runs a week-long Summer School and 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.
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