Editorial Graduate Programme 2018

Location: London

Contract Type: Graduate / Apprenticeship / Internship

Closing Date: 23 February 2018

Salary: Competitive Salary + Excellent Benefits

Editorial Graduate Programme 2018

The Telegraph’s Editorial Graduate Programme represents a significant investment in building the next generation of journalistic talent. This year’s intake will join us on September 3rd 2018.

We recruit a handful of the nation’s best and brightest would-be digital journalists and future leaders of our editorial business, for a two-year development programme which is both supportive and challenging.

The Telegraph recently unveiled a new strategy putting leading the news agenda at the heart of the business. With a commitment to investment in journalism, The Telegraph is also established as a leader in developing journalists at the beginning of their careers. The newsroom has recently welcomed 10 editorial apprentices and we are now looking for six graduates to join our award-winning team.

Working across print and digital platforms, we are committed to hiring creative people who are skilled in storytelling and adept at finding the best medium to communicate with their audience – you will have the opportunity to work across words, pictures, video, data visualisation or via social media platforms such as Snapchat.

If you want a stimulating career with a successful media business, this is your chance. Our renowned Editorial Graduate Programme will develop and nurture subject matter expert digital journalists and future editorial leaders.

You’ll possess a demonstrable interest in journalism (via education or significant involvement outside that), originality with original and unconventional ideas, and have plenty of data, video and other digital storytelling skills to turn those ideas into compelling and engaging content.

If successful, you’ll join The Telegraph on a permanent employment contract. The programme begins with an intensive, bespoke training programme developed in partnership with the Press Association giving you the tools you need to succeed in a modern newsroom. You’ll also spend time working on a regional newspaper and gain experience via rotations in different parts of the newsroom working across multiple channels, before establishing yourself within your home desk/team.


  • Recent graduate or post-graduate (Masters) qualification in a related field, or relevant work experience
  • A demonstrable passion for news and a commitment to developing a career in journalism
  • Very strong writing skills
  • Aptitude to work in a fast-paced, deadline-driven environment
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Inquisitive, proactive mindset
  • An excellent understanding of the role of digital platforms, including social media, in journalism
  • Please note that this scheme is not open to established professional journalists

The Process

  • Apply! We ask that you apply by submitting one document which includes both an up-to-date CV and covering letter. Please do take the time to write a covering letter with The Telegraph and our specific Graduate Programme in mind. We enjoy getting to know you and would like to think you’ve taken the time to get to know us.
  • Please also include relevant links to any published work – whether this is from your own blog or showreel, examples of student journalism or clippings from your work experience or previous internships: we’re interested to see how you tell stories.
  • Applications will close on Friday 23rd February at midnight. We’re sorry, but if you miss the deadline we can’t make any exceptions.
  • Everyone who has applied (whether successful or not) will hear from us by 12th March.
  • If you are successful, you’ll be invited to have an initial phone conversation with one of our lovely HR team.
  • The next step is coming in to interview with our Editorial team, at our offices in Victoria.
  • Assessment Centres will happen on the week commencing 30th April 2018 - please make sure you can be available this week. We will send you full details if we invite you to attend.
  • Offers will be made within the week after the Assessment Centres.
  • If you are not successful after the interview or Assessment Centre stage, you will receive full feedback.

What do we give back?

As a company, our purpose is to champion, through quality journalism, our core beliefs of enterprise, fair-play and enjoyment. Our vision is to pioneer new ways of serving our 10 million registered customers, bringing them closer to us and each other. We will achieve this with the help of our values, which are: fearless, open-minded, informed and together - building an inclusive and forward-thinking culture where collaboration and achievement are celebrated.

You will have exposure to working with the brightest and best in the industry, on a unique Graduate Programme which provides a wealth of opportunities.

We believe that brilliant people deserve great reward packages. As well as a competitive starting salary which increases as you progress through the Graduate Programme, you'll also be entitled to other benefits which include a range of options to help you get the most from your time at work. As well as a range of amenities including an onsite; gym, exercise studio, GP and masseurs, you will also have the opportunity to hand-pick your reward and benefits through our salary exchange scheme. We offer a broad range of benefits which cover the areas of finance, health, well-being, lifestyle and giving something back.


The Telegraph is an equal opportunities employer and encourages applications from suitably qualified and eligible candidates regardless of sex, gender identity, ethnicity, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, religion or belief, marital status, or pregnancy and maternity.

You will be able to let us know if you have a disability both on the application form and before your assessment. We can help you with any reasonable adjustments necessary for your assessment and for when you start on the scheme.


About Us

The Telegraph’s mission is to provide content that inspires people to have the perspective they want to progress in life. It delivers quality, trusted, award-winning journalism, 24 hours a day, across its digital and print properties as well as through leading digital partners.

Founded in 1855, The Telegraph has built a diversified commercial model, with equal strength in advertising, subscriptions and circulation, commerce, and events. In 1994, The Telegraph launched an online offering, the first UK publisher to do so. The launch in 2016 of a digital subscriptions model, with clearly defined open and premium content, has enhanced its ability to offer both scale and engagement to support this diversified approach.

The Telegraph’s portfolio includes The Telegraph website and app, The Daily Telegraph and The Sunday Telegraph print titles, and The Telegraph Edition app which offers a digital replication of the newspapers.

27.2 million Britons consume content across the portfolio monthly, with a growing global digital audience through 107 million browsers a month enjoying The Telegraph’s perspective on the world. Additionally, The Daily Telegraph is the UK’s best selling quality broadsheet newspaper.


*NRS PADD July 2017.  Adobe Analytics May 2017,  incl: Web, FBIA, AMP, Live News App, Edition App & Apple News

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