Trainee Sports Writer, Vikki Orvice Scholarship, News UK

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Location: London
Salary details: £25,000pa
  • Apprenticeship
  • Freelance Gig

We are looking for an aspiring sports journalist to be the recipient of the Vikki Orvice scholarship set up in memory of our pioneering female reporter Vikki. We are interested in your ambitions and potential – and why you think you can follow the lead of a remarkable journalist.

The Role: You will spend time with our industry leading sports editorial team; learning how to create articles and pitch ideas for one of the country’s most popular sports desks. Helping to pitch ideas and create articles in anticipation of sporting events throughout and after. You’ll learn everything we can teach you about how to create content, tell and share stories, attract, grow and capture an audience.

You will receive mentoring and coaching bespoke to you and delivered by some of the most experienced and journalists in the industry.

Being an apprentice at The Sun During your time with us you will earn above living wage, get full training, including an NCTJ Diploma in journalism – with all your course fees paid.

Day to day you will:

  • Research and report on the latest sports events, match analysis, transfer rumours, and exclusive stories.
  • Assist senior reporters in conducting interviews with athletes, coaches, and key figures in the sports world.
  • support our digital presence by contributing to social media content and engaging with our audience.
  • Help in crafting articles and features with a focus on developing your writing skills.
  • Learn the basics of capturing compelling images and footage to enhance our sports coverage.
  • Experience live event coverage, press conferences, and sports-related events.

What we are looking for from you:

  • Knowledge of football, particularly women’s football, is a must.
  • Excellent writing skills with the ability to deliver vibrant, clean copy.
  • Passion for all things news and a keen interest in women’s sport journalism.
  • Flexible attitude to working hours across seven days including evenings and weekends in line with breaking news.
  • An understanding of The Sun brand, both print and digital.
  • Positive can-do attitude and good team player.

More than anything you have a passion for learning.

Application Process 

Online Application > Interview

As part of the Online Application process, we would like you to provide answers to our application questions that explains why you want to join The Sun and answer the following 3 questions:

  1. Tell us about yourself and why you have applied for this apprenticeship?
  2. How would you describe The Sun and what do you like/dislike about it?
  3. Give us an example of a story you have covered / or would like to cover – and how you would treat that story on our platforms.

We Are The Sun: The Sun is the most popular newsbrand in the UK, reaching 31.1 million people a month across digital and print. The Sun is at the heart of the nation’s conversation, blending serious investigations, agenda-setting campaigns, political scoops and celebrity gossip. More than a newspaper. The Sun is an instigator, an entertainer, a cultural reference point, a finger on the pulse, a daily relationship. We have a talented, diverse team who publish the best coverage of news, sport, lifestyle and showbiz in print and digital.

We are News UK: One of the leading media businesses in the UK and Ireland, our newsbrands include The Times, The Sunday Times, The Sun, The Sun on Sunday and The TLS. Our national broadcast brands include talkSPORT, Times Radio, talkRADIO and Virgin Radio, and we have market-leading local radio stations across Ireland. In 2022 we launched TalkTV, a major new TV channel available to everyone across the UK, delivering a schedule of news, current affairs, entertainment and sport. Our world-famous brands provide news, analysis, opinion and entertainment to almost 40 million people each month. Spanning digital and print, audio and video, events and experiences, our brands are home to a plurality of opinion, representing the diverse communities we serve. News UK is wholly owned by News Corp.

Life at News: At News UK our people are our heartbeat – they are the driving force behind our brands and we want to enable people to thrive.  Some of us work flexibly, in many different ways. We encourage you to talk to us about the flexibility you would like.  Many of us work in a hybrid way between one of the News UK & Ireland offices and remotely.

We champion diversity and inclusion, we strive to maximise and encourage every individual’s potential and ensure everyone feels valued. We support this through our Diversity Board, D&I  strategy & training, creating more diverse content and our intern and apprenticeship programmes.  We also have 11 employee-led networks.

We take pride in looking after our amazing talent at News UK supporting the Health and Wellbeing of our staff. Some of what we offer includes:

  • Private medical insurance covering pre-existing conditions
  • Discounted gym memberships, ClassPass at Home, weekly virtual HIIT, yoga and run club classes
  • ‘Bikes for Work’ scheme
  • Physio/massage, 
  • Counselling 
  • A generous pension scheme with employer contributions of up to 5%;
  • 25 days holiday and up to 4 volunteering days per year;
  • Maternity leave up to 18 weeks full basic salary & paternity leave up to 2 weeks;
  • Wide range of training available, plus full LinkedIn Learning access.

We want to ensure that everyone we meet has the opportunity to perform to their best when interviewing. Please let us know, at any stage, whether you require any reasonable adjustments during the recruitment process, and we will do our best to accommodate.

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