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Junior journalist

Creating news items using a combination of words, pictures and moving images.

Summary of this apprenticeship standard


3 (equivalent to A levels at grades A to E)

Typical length
18 months
Current funding band
Up to £12,000 per apprentice.
More information about funding
Entry requirements

Set by employer.

What apprentices will learn
  • identifying and researching stories
  • building a range of reliable contacts and audiences, including via social media
  • how to create quality stories while working in an ethical manner
  • creating content for digital platforms
  • working to tight deadlines
  • accurately taking notes
  • other skills related to one of the following specialisms: print, TV and radio, PR and corporate communications

Apprentices will achieve the National Council for the Training of Journalists (NCTJ) Level 3 Diploma in Journalism.

Before taking their end-point assessment, apprentices must achieve level 2 English and maths (equivalent to GCSEs at grades A* to C).

Professional registration

None specified.

End-Point Assessment
View a list of end-point assessment organisations for this standard
Organisation Phone Number Email
NCTJ Training 01799 544014
More Information

The Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education has more detailed information about this apprenticeship.