The British capital of London is home to many of today’s most well-known and trusted news publications. Journalism internships in London are the perfect experience for those who want to launch a career in this competitive international field. Interns begin to build the professional network required for success and develop a strong portfolio of work samples.
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Responsibilities at journalism internships in London may include:
- Writing blogs and web posts
- Conducting research and fact-checking
- Identifying sources and conducting interviews
- Compiling roundups of key daily stories
Internships in journalism in London
Here are just a few example roles our journalism interns have taken on before
Blogs are one of the most-used online platforms in journalism today. Most major outlets have their own blog, where they share curated content across a variety of topics and genres. Interns may pitch and draft blog posts, or conduct editing and fact-checking for blogs written around the newsroom.
Without fact-checking, there can’t be good journalism. As an intern, the ability to verify sources and track down accurate information is one of the most important skills you can learn. Fact-checkers work closely with writers and editors around the newsroom, building excellent professional relationships and getting a glimpse into a variety of newsroom operations.
Research interns learn to ask the right questions, confirm their sources, and work diligently to find the truth. In a newsroom, those with research experience often find the most interesting stories first, and are able to dig deeper than other headlines to make a connection for readers. Interns develop time management, attention to detail, and problem-solving skills.
In today’s digital world, most people read the news on their phone. Many people rely on push notifications from their favorite outlets’ apps, or click through platforms like Twitter or Facebook for trending articles. No matter where you are in the world, the power of social media in journalism is undeniable. Interns learn about social media ethics, how to turn long news stories into digestible content for phone screens, and how to most effectively reach their target audience.
The journalism industry is incredibly diverse and constantly changing. New outlets are popping up every day, while others close down or move entirely online. Skills in digital design, data, social media, and video are among the most highly valued. Journalism professionals have to be ready for change at any moment. Not only in the fast-paced environment of a daily newsroom, but in the industry itself, where reader loyalty, subscription models, and topics themselves can change at the drop of a hat.
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“I had a really good experience with my internship and I was lucky enough for that to turn into a full time role quite quickly. Straight away they got me to write stories, go to events and get stuck in from day one which I was quite surprised and really stoked about, of course.“Miriam Harris Auckland University of Technology
“Be open to everyone you meet - other interns, your coworkers - because everyone has something new to teach you and a new way of looking at things you may not have thought of before.“Christian Ridder Temple University
“Sometimes when you’re looking for an internship it’s hard to find somewhere where you’re doing the actual work. If you don’t show up a day it doesn’t really affect anything but here you’re actually a part of a team where you can see the work you’ve done.“Katie Jones Skidmore College
“This remote internship helped me to realize that I want to study computer science and that this is something that I'm passionate about. It's also something that I wouldn't have explored had I not done this internship.“Sarah Swendseid Gap year student
“I got here and within three weeks I launched a space balloon. We were the first company in South America to launch any space involved system.“Peter Panigiris Student from Australia
Learn more about our London internship program
There’s no better place to launch a journalism career than London. From the BBC to Reuters and the Guardian, the city is home to all of the greats in the industry. Interns are placed with top-tier organizations, and equipped with skills and opportunities to build a valuable network in London. Learn more about our London internship program here.
Applying for The Intern Group will accelerate your career. Through your application we will learn about you and your career goals to determine if you are a good candidate for our internship program. If accepted into our program we guarantee you an internship in your chosen career field.