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ARE you a great storyteller? Do you have a burning ambition to be first with the news?

Then we may be able to help. The search is on for the next intake of budding reporters who can start making the headlines for The News through our pioneering ‘classroom in the newsroom’ partnership with Highbury College.

We are now accepting applications for the 2015 one-year Diploma in Journalism course which starts in September and provides students with everything they need to become a journalist, mixing high-quality training alongside extensive work experience at The News headquarters at 1000 Lakeside in Portsmouth.

This will be the third year of running the course, which is fully accredited by the National Council for the Training of Journalists (NCTJ) .

Editor of The News Mark Waldron said: ‘Having studied at the college after leaving school, Highbury provided me with the best possible start to my career in journalism.

‘I’m excited that The News is fully involved in continuing this fine training tradition as we prepare today’s students for the exciting multi-media world we operate in.

‘By having the classroom in the newsroom we also provide an amazing opportunity of real-life, hands-on training for all students.’

The one-year diploma covers the essentials of journalism and includes reporting, 
public affairs, media law, multimedia news coverage and shorthand.

‘Students can also choose optional 
units including online journalism, magazines, video, sub-editing or broadcast journalism.

Nicola Phipps, editor, Creative Learning Programmes at Highbury College, said: ‘Our success in running the one-year course with The News is partly down to our experience with our award-winning fast-track NCTJ Diploma, which has been the best-performing FE fast-track in the UK for the last two years.

‘But it’s the practical training that really makes the difference.’

If you would like to apply (see panel), call (023) 9238 3131 or e-mail to arrange an interview.

During the interview 
process you will complete a current affairs and news writing test.

How do I get on the course?

To get on to the course you’ll need at least five A-C grades at GCSE including English and ideally you should also have achieved either two A-levels or an equivalent Level 3 qualification such as a BTEC Diploma.

To ensure you have a free place on the September 2015 course you need to be aged 18 or under on September 1, 2015. Students aged 19 and over may still be considered but fees are payable. There is an alternative 20-week short course at Highbury College.

For information about the course or any of Highbury’s other media and journalism courses, email