Want to be a journalist? Here’s YOUR chance to join MM’s editorial team

For the aspiring journalist, there’s nothing more exciting than seeing your byline by a story you’ve wrestled with to get in on time and battled to get the quotes.

If you are bursting with story ideas, relish editing articles to tight deadlines and fancy the challenge of interviewing prominent figures in Manchester then MM could have just the job for you.

We are opening our doors to take on a news hungry reporter for a two-month intern training scheme to join us in our offices in the heart of Manchester city centre.

The successful candidate will work side-by-side with the editorial staff and reporters on the news desk at MM, writing breaking news, sport, features and more.

Your work will be published on the growing website, which already boasts 200,000 unique visitors every month and is quickly becoming the biggest online news source still based in Manchester city centre.

Being in a fast-paced and busy online newsroom, the successful candidate will be taught how to use content management systems to get breaking news on the website quickly, as well as how to utilise social media and the paper’s contacts to be first with breaking stories. 

As well as interview opportunities with countless celebrities, politicians and sport stars, the intern will also learn how to write eye-catching online headlines, source and edit pictures, video and other multimedia and sub-edit copy quickly and efficiently.

Training will also include the basics of media law and copyright law to ensure your work is legally sound, key interview techniques and essential SEO tips. 

This is an invaluable work placement for any journalism student looking to boost their CV ahead of applying for jobs. Previous interns now work at national newspapers and press agencies across the country – where they still use the key skills learnt here at MM.

The internship is full time, with flexibility around working hours, and will run for two months. There are also opportunities to take the training scheme on a part time basis.

Interns will:

  • Learn how to write strong, accurate copy quickly and efficiently
  • Learn how to source your own off-diary stories daily
  • Learn how to use content management systems to upload stories online
  • Learn to sub-edit copy quickly and accurately
  • Learn the basics of media law to ensure your work is legally sound
  • Learn how to write effective online headlines
  • Use social media to source stories, promote content and engage with readers
  • Get training on key interview techniques
  • Get the opportunity to interview celebrities, politicians, sports stars and more
  • Learn the basics of page design
  • Learn how to use desktop publishing software such as Quark Xpress

Applicant requirements:

  • Applicants must be 18 or over
  • A degree is not essential though will be advantageous, especially if in a relevant field eg journalism / politics
  • A portfolio of relevant work experience to show at interview
  • Strong writing skills, an excellent grasp of the English language and a passion for journalism
  • Well organised and exceptional communication skills
  • Applicants will also have a good awareness of general news and a keen eye for a story

We would also like applicants to have some journalism experience, writing for either an online or print publication, and shorthand at 80wpm or more would be a big plus.

To apply:

Send your CV and covering letter to our consultant editor Andrew Greaves on [email protected]

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