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Trainee Journalist

An exceptional opportunity for a budding journalist with a passion for the Arts to train at two of the UK’s leading creative trade publications…

The Stage Media Company Limited provides news and services for the UK entertainment and performing arts industry. Established in 1880, it is a private family-owned company. The Stage Media are offering one talented individual a six month paid internship across its two leading titles, The Stage and The Bookseller.

The trainee journalist will be working a split week across both prestigious titles. This would be shared primarily on the news desk at The Stage and principally in the feature department at The Bookseller. The successful candidate will also be given the opportunity to take part in other areas of the media business, such as production and marketing ­in order to develop a rounded insight into publishing. 

As part of the trainee journalist role, the successful candidate will learn new skills from two different titles such as news gathering, interviewing, editing, research and feature-writing. The intern will be mentored by a dedicated line manager in each publication and a single ‘buddy’ at The Stage Media Company. 

What You Will Learn

  • During The Stage portion of the internship, the intern will gain skills in news gathering and writing such as research, editing and learning how to use a content management system.
  • This would be complemented by a period with The Bookseller’s features and books teams, which will include training in interviewing, writing longer pieces, learning how to report on data and use data across analyses.

Knowledge, Skills, Experience


  • First-rate writing ability and excellent communication skills
  • High standard of written English
  • Attention to detail
  • Adaptability
  • Ability to work to high standards under pressure and time constraints
  • Ability to work independently and part of a team
  • Self-motivation
  • Passion for theatre and/or publishing/book industries


  • Previous journalistic experience
  • Web publishing experience

Academic Requirements

  • Proof of a high standard of written English
  • Journalistic qualification or a demonstrated clear commitment to journalism will be regarded favourably

To Apply

  • Log in to your Creative Access account or register today to apply for this opportunity
  • Upload your CV, cover letter as ONE document (applications without a tailored cover letter will NOT be accepted)
  • Once submitted, applications are final
  • Do not contact the company directly

This internship is part-funded by the Mo Siewcharran Memorial Fund, set up by John Seaton in memory of his wife, Mo, the former Marketing & Communications Director at Neilsen Books.

This opportunity is only open to BAME candidates

Trainee Journalist

The Bookseller, London
Contract, Full-time, Internship
Content, Journals
Trainee Journalist
Salary description: 
London Living Wage