Journalism training eligibility

You do not need any special qualifications or previous experience of writing or journalism to join our community journalism training course.

If you are interested in holding wealth, power and influence to account, are prepared to put time into investigating and reporting on issues that matter to local communities and have active local network connections or local insight or expertise then we’d like to hear from you.

You can find out more about our editorial values and perspective on our about pages.

We are looking for people who care about Exeter and the people who live and work here, who possess good basic literacy skills and who live in or near the city.

We are also interested in applications from people with photography, film and social media skills: good journalism needs much more than words alone.

Applicants are expected to commit to full course attendance and coursework and assignment completion, but exceptions may be possible in specific cases.

We are particularly keen on applications from people who want to become part of Exeter Observer’s community reporting team, ideally for an initial commitment of six months following course completion.

Eight places are available on each course.

Find out more about the course, take a look at the course content or get in touch to express your interest in a place.

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News  /  Strategy & governance

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Exeter Global Climate Strike demonstrator holding placard

Analysis  /  Climate & environment

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News  /  Climate & environment

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News  /  Education & skills

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Comment  /  Strategy & governance

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