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The Guardian and Observer believe there should be a better representation of our diverse society in the media, and each summer we run a work-experience scheme for those considering a career in journalism.

This year our London office is running a work shadowing scheme for BAME (Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic) applicants interested in sports journalism. The placements are unpaid although we will reimburse a daily lunch allowance and reasonable daily travel expenses.

Successful applicants will spend two weeks on our busy sports desk, during July or August, shadowing our team of journalists and editors. You’ll learn how our award-winning newspapers and website are put together, and how we cover the biggest sporting events across the globe.

You will also have an experienced journalist as a mentor to offer careers advice.


To be considered for a placement you must be at least 18 years old, with the right to work or train in the UK, and be able to demonstrate a genuine interest in journalism – for example, serious involvement in student journalism, work experience on local/specialist media, or an impressive personal website or blog.

The aim of this London-based scheme is to introduce aspiring journalists or those at the start of their careers to the Guardian and Observer’s editorial environment. For this reason we regret that experienced professional journalists are not eligible to apply for these placements. Those who have received a previous placement at GNM are not eligible.

For applicants who have no access to accommodation in London, the Sarah Hughes Trust has kindly offered to provide a small number of grants. If you’d like to be considered for one of these, please add a note at the end of your covering letter.

Note: if, by the summer, there are new pandemic-related restrictions on office working, it may be necessary to modify or postpone this year’s scheme.

Application instructions

Please attach the following four things within ONE Word document:

  • A covering letter (no more than 150 words) explaining how you qualify for this diversity scheme, why you’re applying, and what you hope to learn from your time with us
  • Your current CV
  • Examples of your work and/or links to online articles/blogs
  • A 400-word article on a current sports-related issue which you believe will be of interest to Guardian readers

Deadline for receipt of applications is midnight on Monday 27th March 2023.

We’re committed to providing adjustments for individuals with disabilities in the job application process. If you require an adjustment due to a disability, please email recruitment@theguardian.com.

*Positive action is covered by section 158 of the Equality Act 2010

We value and respect all differences (seen and unseen) in all people at the Guardian. We aspire to have inclusive working experiences and an environment that reflects the audience we serve, where our people have equal access to career development opportunities, their voices are heard and can contribute to our future.


About The Guardian News & Media

Guardian News & Media (GNM) publishes theguardian.com, one of the world’s leading English-language newspaper websites. It also has a presence in the US and Australia as Guardian US and Guardian Australia. Traffic from outside of the UK now represents around two-thirds of the Guardian’s total digital audience. In the UK, GNM publishes the Guardian newspaper six days a week, first published in 1821, and the world’s oldest Sunday newspaper, The Observer.

The Guardian is renowned for its agenda-setting journalism including, most recently the Cambridge Analytica, Paradise and Panama Papers investigations as well as the Pulitzer Prize and Emmy-winning NSA revelations.