Fairfax Media to recruit 20 trainee journalists for cadetship program

Fairfax Media will recruit 20 cadet journalists to join newsrooms nationally as part of a 12-month paid program.

It marks the largest intake of trainees into Fairfax Media since 2014.

The paid cadetship will provide each candidate with formal and informal training, aimed at improving reporting, editing and production skills. Journalists will be able to work at The Sydney Morning Herald, The Age, The Canberra Times, The Australian Financial Review, Brisbane Times and WA Today.

They will also receive training in media law, shorthand and presentation skills.

Chris Janz, managing director of Australian Metro Publishing, said it was a “significant investment” for the future.

“Recruiting trainees is a demonstration of our long-term commitment to producing quality, independent journalism and our strong desire to grow and to tell the stories that matter in the communities we serve,” Janz said.

James Chessell, group executive editor for Australian Metro Publishing said the publisher was seeking “highly motivated, tertiary qualified” individuals.

“This is a great opportunity for budding journalists wanting to work in Australia’s best newsrooms. We are serious about having world-class newsrooms and there are significant opportunities for mastheads focused on quality such as the Herald and The Age,” Chessell said.

“You must be a self-starter, well organised and capable of generating original ideas for reports across print and digital platforms, while meeting daily deadlines.”

Positions and applications are now available.


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