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Four jobs created as publisher expands journalism apprentice scheme

hiyah zaidiFour new jobs have been created as part of a regional publisher’s drive to “change the landscape” of journalism in the UK.

National World has announced the creation of four new apprentice roles at its national news website NationalWorld.

The scheme will lead to one apprentice specialising in news and explainers being taken on, while a data journalist, life and features writer and culture writer will also be hired.

The site previously took on three apprentices – Hiyah Zaidi, Isabella Boneham and Susanna Sealy – in September 2021 for an 18-month period, all of whom have stayed on in full-time, permanent roles with the company.

Hiyah is now a trainee reporter focused on culture and social affairs, while Isabella has a brief to look at the environment and sustainability and Susanna is a trainee sports writer.

She said: “Starting from scratch is never easy and yet, with NationalWorld beginning a new career was just that.

“Switching from a post grad course to completing the NCTJ in 18 months sounded daunting, but with the help of a very friendly team, I learnt all the basics of becoming a journalist and had a lot of fun doing it.

“The team here are fantastic and always encourage and guide us to pursue the stories we think will bite. With the option to work from home, this role is also accessible and versatile – I’ve loved every minute.”

Isabella added: “Being an apprentice at NationalWorld has helped me excel in my writing as I have been able to write about a range of topics, pitch new ideas and form content plans.

“I have been able to learn on the job whilst also studying key topics and issues such as media law and court reporting to further my skills and understanding of the profession.”

NationalWorld editor Nick Mitchell said: “At NationalWorld we’re committed to help open the doors to the media industry.

“As the UK’s only national news brand that’s not primarily based in London, we’re passionate about changing the landscape so that you don’t have to move to the capital to pursue a career in journalism.”