The Young Journalist Programme

24th March 2019 - 15-18 year old students

University College, London

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  • The world of journalism remains one of the most thrilling career options for talented young minds. The Young Journalist Programme brings world-class journalists from some of the biggest names in the industry to UCL to provide you with everything you would seek to gain from an internship at a media giant.

    Programme Benefits

    There are three clear outcomes for the day:

    • You will gain live experience of life as a journalist in various disciplines, both through sessions with journalists from media houses such as Channel 4 and The Guardian; AND through undertaking some key tasks yourself including writing your own news story, planning your own investigative scoop, and dealing with the pressure of a series of live breaking news reports throughout the day. You will be transformed into a virtual newsroom for the day, thus putting you into the shoes of a journalist for the duration of the programme.
    • You will be coached in how to make your dream of becoming a journalist a reality – with advice including guidance on A-level and university choices, tackling personal statements; and how to excel in CVs, application forms and interviews.
    • You will meet with established journalists from a variety of disciplines, and be given the chance to ask them questions on a personal basis. These professionals can become vital mentors for you throughout your career.

    Boost Your Applications

    Further, you can reference your attendance on the Young Journalist Programme in your UCAS personal statement as an example of where you gained key skills such as working under pressure, problem-solving, teamwork, and public speaking. You can also complete the online assessment after the programme and receive a personalised certificate for passing.

    The InvestIN Commitment

    After the programme, InvestIN continues to act as a platform for you to build a successful career upon. Our alumni have unlimited lifetime access to our depth of expertise; students can contact us with further questions at any time, and we make sure you are promptly given the advice you need. Your attendance on the programme is therefore just the beginning of our long-term commitment to coaching you towards achieving your career ambitions.


    Programme Fee: £130/student for the full day. Places are limited. If 2 or more places are booked students receive a 10% discount. Enter code GROUP10 at checkout to benefit from this.

    For a full list of terms and conditions, please click here.

  • Programme Timetable*

    10.30am The World of a Journalist -The star players and leading institutions
    -The pressure and expectations
    -Welcome to the Newsroom
    11.00am The Print Journalist -Stories, sources and secrets
    -How to structure an engaging story
    -The need for speed, accuracy and an angle
    -Case study: real-time political reporting

    -BREAKING NEWS! A Silicon Valley giant tries to buy a competitor - you must react!
    12.00pm The Broadcast Journalist -Inside the newsroom, out on the road
    -The pressures of a live broadcast
    -Style, technique and personality
    -Case study: the live TV interview

    -BREAKING NEWS! A natural disaster hits Asia - you must react!
    1.00pm Lunch break
    2.00pm The Digital Journalist -The brave new world of journalism
    -Social media as a game-changer
    -The journalist becomes the story?
    -Case study: winning the eyeball race on social media

    -BREAKING NEWS! A key political figure resigns - you must react!
    3.00pm The Investigative Journalist -What is investigative journalism?
    -Where and how to start
    -Balancing conflicting influences
    -Case study: plan your own scoop

    -BREAKING NEWS! The earlier breaking news stories take some twists and turns - you must react!
    4.00pm Breaking into Journalism -Routes into the profession
    -Getting that elusive work experience
    -What editors are looking for
    4.30pm Panel Q&A -Live Q&A with journalists from a variety of backgrounds
    -All your burning questions answered
    -Make valuable contacts
    5.30pm Close

    *exact programme subject to change without notice

  • Venue


    University College, London (UCL)
    The Roberts Building
    Torrington Place
    Greater London
    WC1E 7JE
    United Kingdom

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If 2 or more places are booked, students can receive a 10% discount. Enter the provided group discount code GROUP10 on the product page at checkout to benefit from this.


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