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Four jobs created in publisher’s bid for greater newsroom diversity

Edward McCannFour jobs have been created in a publisher’s bid to bring greater diversity to its newsrooms.

Belfast Telegraph publisher Mediahuis has announced the launch of a new scheme that will give successful applicants a two-year trainee contract without necessarily requiring a degree or previous experience.

The roles created by scheme, called the Mediahuis Emerging Talent programme, are for two news reporters – one based in Belfast and one in Dublin – a features writer and a video journalist.

The publisher says it has set up the scheme to show its “commitment to diversity and desire to make a positive contribution to people and society”.

It is hoped the scheme will appeal to bloggers, self-publishers and school or college leavers, as well as those who are “career-switchers or are just looking to get back into the workplace”.

Alan Steenson, editorial development executive at Mediahuis, said: “We’re excited to launch our brand new Mediahuis Emerging Talent programme.

“We want to reflect the diverse voices within modern society by giving an opportunity to people with a passion for journalism, regardless of background or past experience.

“We’ll help you build on that passion as you take your first steps in the world of journalism.”

The group’s deputy publisher Edward McCann, pictured, added: “This is an investment in the future.

“It is critical for any media business to develop talent and it is important that we do our best to ensure our newsrooms reflect modern society.”