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An alternative to traditional internships

*Applications for 2023 have now closed*

At Tortoise, we wanted to come up with an alternative to traditional journalism internships. We’ve set out to create a learning experience that gives aspiring journalists access to senior editors and experienced reporters, in an immersive newsroom environment.

Welcome to the Tortoise Journalism School, which is now open
for applications.

The Tortoise Journalism School is a week-long intensive
training experience where students will take part in discussions, presentations and assignments led by Tortoise journalists.
Students will have the opportunity to pitch and write stories
for Tortoise, take part in editorial meetings and
public discussions and see how our journalism works.

Some of the topics covered by the Tortoise Journalism School include:

  • What makes the news?
  • How to find a story
  • How to pitch a story
  • How to tell stories in audio
  • How to cover controversial topics
  • What media law do you need to know?
  • How to find news in data
  • How to conduct an interview
  • How to run an investigation

The Tortoise Journalism School is free to attend
Meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner) and refreshments are provided, and accommodation is available to successful applicants outside
of London.

Eligibility criteria

Applicants should be 18+. No formal journalism training or experience is required.

when is it?

The School runs Monday-Friday. You can choose to start either Monday 3 July or Monday 10 July.

where is it?

The Tortoise Newsroom, 22 Berners Street, London W1T 3LP.

How to APPLY

Applicants must submit:

  • A 250-word covering note, telling us a bit about who you are and why you want to join the Tortoise Journalism School for
    a week.
  • A 500-word article in response to the question: “What’s on your mind?”

Closing date for applications is 9 June.