- Starting Out
The House magazine, in partnership with broadband provider Openreach, will run a paid political journalism fellowship this Summer. It follows the success of a pilot scheme which took place in 2021.
The fellowship will run for four weeks, beginning in August and concluding in September. The successful applicant will be 18 or older, and have shown significant potential and desire to be a political journalist.
Among the learning opportunities for the fellow will be:
- A tour of parliament: The fellow will meet members of the House Parliamentary Advisory Board to give them an introduction to Parliament. They will be taken to the public galleries to watch a debate. They’ll see inside an MP’s office, the Commons library, both chambers, Westminster Hall and more.
- An introduction to the lobby and the press gallery: The fellow will shadow one of our reporters in the press gallery and will help them with research for news stories they are working on.
- Inside an MP’s Office: The fellow will be given time inside an MP’s office to see what happens when Parliament is sitting, as well as the opportunity to attend a constituency surgery.
- An introduction to news writing: One of our editors will train the fellow in the basics of news writing, structuring a story, fact checking, and information gathering. The fellow will be offered the opportunity to do live news writing during their time in the office.
- An introduction to FOI and publicly available documents: The team will train the fellow in how to put in FOI and SAR requests, how to read Companies House accounts, Electoral Commission releases, Register of Members’ interests, and more.
- Interviewing: The fellow will be coached by one of our editors before interviewing a senior political figure – last year the Speaker of the House kindly gave up his time – with a view to publishing the interview in the magazine.
- An introduction to investigative journalism: They will be trained in how to find stories, build contacts, and what good investigative journalism looks like.
- An introduction to public policy: They will learn how policy is devised, scrutinised, and becomes law.
The business of politics: The successful applicant will also get the opportunity to spend some time at Openreach to get an understanding of policy and politics from a different perspective.
The scheme is designed to broaden access to political journalism – so accommodation for those who do not live in London will be provided. A London Living Wage will be provided to the successful applicant.
About Dods Group Ltd
For more than 190 years, Dods has provided essential information and connections to the UK and EU political and public affairs sectors. With unique access to lawmakers and the public sector, Dods keeps clients informed of relevant policy developments so they can focus on their strategy. With neutrality and transparency underpinning everything we do, we are a trusted source of political intelligence and debate through our portfolio of political titles and our leading events, business intelligence and training services. For further information, please visit: www.dodsgroup.com
What’s In It For You?
Founded in 1832 and headquartered at The Shard, you will be joining an organisation with a wealth of experience. Organisations have been turning to us for pertinent information on what’s going on in Government since we first published Dods Parliamentary Companion way back in 1832 and employees want to work with us to develop their careers. We are big on our people, our culture, and our values. We always look to go the extra mile for our employees and provide internal and external training as well as career development and growth.
How To Apply
If you are interested in the fellowship, please submit your application through our Company Careers Page Careers | Dods Group Ltd. You will need to submit a copy of your CV, covering letter and three examples of your written work. It can be for a local or national media brand, a student publication, or even your own blog / website.
The closing date for applications is 31st July 2022 at 23:59 with interviews to be held in August. Please mention Journo Resources when you apply, it really helps us out.
We are committed to equality, diversity, and inclusion, we encourage applications from all backgrounds and communities. Dods Group Ltd wants to meet the aims and commitments set out in its equality policy. This includes not discriminating under the Equality Act 2010 and building an accurate picture of the make-up of the workforce in encouraging equality and diversity.
The organisation needs your help and co-operation to enable it to do this but answering our Equal Opportunity questions is voluntary. The information provided will be kept confidential and will be used for monitoring purposes. Please note, the answers to your questions will be kept separate from your application and not viewed by the Hiring Manager.