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

This year, after a two-year break caused by the pandemic, our London office is running a work shadowing scheme for Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) aspiring journalists to work across a range of editorial departments.

Up to 12 placements in total are offered, each initially for two weeks over the summer (June-September). The placements are unpaid, although we will reimburse a daily lunch allowance and reasonable daily travel expenses.

Successful applicants will learn about different aspects of the profession – gaining an insight into the workings of a number of sections across the newspaper and website, such as G2, Saturday Magazine, Books, Global Development or Multimedia.

You’ll also have an experienced journalist as a mentor to offer advice on your future career.

At the end of the two weeks, we offer participants a chance to come back and spend one more week on one of their preferred desks. The third week can take place at a time to suit the desk and the participant.


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 the scheme is to introduce aspiring journalists or those at the start of their careers to the Guardian’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.

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 your current CV and address the questions in the application form.

Deadline for receipt of applications is midnight on Thursday 31st March 2022.

We’re committed to providing reasonable 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 in all people (seen and unseen) at the Guardian. We aspire to 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.


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