Fairfax Media opens trainee program

22 May 2018

Written by: Marcus Uhe

Develop your reporting skills and work alongside professionals in this exciting opportunity.

Fairfax Media has today announced that it will be opening a 12 month paid trainee program for 20 aspiring journalists to join their newsrooms across the country.

The program will focus on developing reporting, editing and production skills across multiple platforms, and creating content on a diverse range of topics.  Successful applicants will also receive training in the fields of media law, shorthand and presentation skills.

Applicants must be tertiary qualified and must nominate their preferred Fairfax publication from the available mastheads:

  • The Sydney Morning Herald
  • The Age
  • The Canberra Times
  • The Australian Financial Review
  • The Brisbane Times
  • WAtoday

A statement provided by Fairfax Media said that the applicants must display the ability to connect with the diverse audience that Fairfax publications cater for.

“Fairfax’s metropolitan mastheads engage with wide and diverse audiences of more than 11 million Australians a month across platforms and, as such, will be choosing trainees with different backgrounds and educational qualifications.”

“An ability to meet key editorial objectives of breaking news and producing quality, agenda-setting journalism will be a key selection criteria.”

Group Executive Editor for Australian Metro Publishing, James Chessell, declared that this was an exciting opportunity for the next generation of journalists.

“This is a great opportunity for budding journalists wanting to work in Australia’s best newsrooms,” Chessell said.

“We are serious about having world-class newsrooms and there are significant opportunities for mastheads focused on quality such as the Herald and the The Age.”

To apply for the program, applicants must submit a maximum of three links to published articles, nominate their preferred masthead, and submit a 90 second video or 500 word discussion piece responding to one of the following questions:

  1. In a world where “fake news” is ubiquitous, how do you ensure your nonpartisan editorial integrity?
  2. What is the role of a vigorous and independent business media in the Australian economy?

For more information or to apply for the position, head to the Fairfax Media Careers page.