Press Gazette searches for media talent

Press Gazette has launched a competition to spotlight the unseen media stars of tomorrow with the promise that two talented journalists will win apprenticeships at the long-serving industry magazine.

Editor Ian Reeves says his search for two media hopefuls will borrow lessons from Sir Alan Sugar’s unique style of firing unworthy applicants from the Amstrad’s chairman hit TV show, The Apprentice. The format, pressure and deadlines the same, jus bar the TV Show, and confrontations with the boss in the boardroom.

Press Gazette applicants will be reduced down to shortlist of 10 journalists, who will be ‘fired’ until just two remain. They will secure a 12-month salaried contract working in Press Gazette’s editorial department, with the chance to establish a “high-flying career.”

To compete, journalists must prove their qualities by performing a number of tough editorial tasks, set by the industry’s biggest names.

Editors from the Daily Telegraph, NME, Five News and Take a Break will set assignments for 10 candidates, over a number of weeks.

The works of the chosen ones will then be returned for ultimate scrutiny by their media taskmasters, with added inspection from Press Gazette’s editorial team.

To enter, applicants must be available between Thursday September 29 and Wednesday October 26 to carry out four assignments chosen by high-profile editors.

Any journalists or freelancers wishing to pitch their skills should be prepared to work for 12 months beginning in November 2005.

Entries are invited from graduates, school leavers or freelance journalists eager to ‘show the industry just how talented’ they are. The magazine states the victor of the competition will have “what it takes to be a journalist and a proven interest in” they’re “chosen career.”

According to the small print on the PDF entry form, available online, applicants could have a degree, a similar qualification, perhaps be an undergraduate or have a journalism qualification.

Commenting on his role in judging the journalists, Mr Reeves said that although the so-called ‘Press Cadets’ as the apprentices will be called, would be “fired” weekly, he didn’t plan on becoming as bold in his dismissals as the entrepreneur whose trademark the action slogan has become.

“I don't intend to be quite as ruthless in letting people go as Sir Alan Sugar was in The Apprentice,” said Reeves.

“I share his dislike of schmoozers, bullshitters and liars - but this is a fantastic opportunity for the stars of tomorrow to really put their name on the journalism map.”

To have a chance at penning your name alongside the editorial expertise at Press Gazette, see below for further details:


23rd September 2005

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