Preliminary Announcement - Fairfax Media Journalism Intern Search to Begin on July 1, 2011

17 Jun 2011

Fairfax Media, New Zealand's leading multi-media publisher, will again seek the country's brightest prospects for its journalism intern scheme this year.

Fairfax Media group executive editor Paul Thompson said applications will open on Friday, July 1, 2011, and close at noon on Monday, August 1. 

The company's journalism intern scheme began in 2006 and some 60 have so far been selected. Many of them are now reaching senior levels in Fairfax newspapers and websites across the country.

The scheme offers participants:

  • The opportunity to study for a year at one of the five participating journalism training institutions
  • Work experience during course holidays at one of Fairfax's publications or websites
  • Reimbursement of course fees to successful applicants
  • Employment with a Fairfax publication at the conclusion of the course.
  • On-going training and career development.

Fairfax owns nine daily newspapers including The Dominion Post and The Press, two national Sunday newspapers, New Zealand's top news website, Stuff, magazines, a magazine publishing business, internet operations, and more than 50 community newspapers throughout the country.

Selected interns will undergo year-long training for a Diploma or Graduate Diploma in Journalism at one of five institutions - the University of Canterbury, Christchurch, Aoraki Polytechnic, Dunedin, Massey University, Wellington, the Waikato Institute of Technology, Hamilton, and the Auckland University of Technology (AUT). Where possible, successful applicants will be trained in the institution of their choice.

After applications close at noon on August 1, those judged suitable will be asked to undergo  general knowledge, grammar and spelling and writing tests throughout the country between 10am and 12 noon on Saturday, August 27. After that, tests will be marked and assessed by editors at newspapers, magazines or websites that applicants nominated as their preferred places of employment.

From July 1, the online application form, which all applicants must complete, will be available at this website -

All inquiries to Clive Lind, editorial development manager

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