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Publisher hires journalists to work across UK, Ireland and Channel Islands

Two journalists have been recruited by an independent publisher for a scheme that will see them work at titles across the UK, Ireland and the Channel Islands.

Tindle Newspapers has announced the appointments of Amelia Averis and Lily Buckley for the two-year programme, which will see them train on the job at different newspapers and radio stations, rather than just being based at a single title.

Tindle announced earlier this year that successful candidates would divide their time into three months each with a newspaper team, Tindle’s digital team, its Irish radio station Midlands 103, and Jersey station Channel 103.

They will then spend the second year of the scheme specialising at one centre.

Lily Buckley, left, and Amelia Averis

Lily Buckley, left, and Amelia Averis

Lily and Amelia have begun their training with a three-month stint at the Mid-Devon Advertiser after being recruited.

They will also work towards the National Council for the Training of Journalists’ Diploma in Journalism.

Amelia, who graduated from the University of Leeds in 2022 with a degree in English Literature, said: “I have always been more of a writer, so I really hope to learn as much as possible from the people around me to broaden my skill set.

“I have already learnt so much about video and photo. Radio will be completely new to me and I am excited for such a rare opportunity.

“My first few weeks have been really varied. It is exciting to meet loads of people in each office and get to know different places.

“The scheme is such an innovative approach to journalism as an industry and I have already grown so much less than a month in.”

Lily, who grew up in New Zealand, “I have always been creative, editing videos, producing music and of course, writing. This opportunity is incredibly valuable, unique, and innovative, allowing us to make a difference in journalism by being the difference.

“I plan to welcome new challenges with an eagerness to learn. I cannot wait to see where these two years take us as we have already come so far.”