Think you’ve got what it takes to be part of the exciting worlds of journalism or publishing?

Our training and opportunities are free to aspiring journalists and story-tellers between the ages of 16 and 19 with a state-school education. Our support continues for our alumni network.

This is far and away one of the best things I’ve been involved in – it’s fun but intelligent, inspiring yet rigorous.

Richard Lawson, Broadcast Journalist, BBC

About the

The Young Academies Group (YAG) runs two academies – the Young Journalists’ Academy and the Young Publishers’ Academy.

For aspiring journalists and storytellers, we provide free training and opportunities from the best in both media and publishing industries.

Our academies meet for our flagship programme – the annual summer school – where 20 of the best applicants get a week of masterclasses and behind-the-scenes access into the worlds of publishing and journalism.

We continue to support our students after the summer school by securing meaningful work experience, internship and even apprenticeship placements. And, in addition to the summer school, we also offer free masterclasses throughout the year.

Our opportunities are free and open to 16- to 23-year-old students, predominantly in London. Past students have gone on to work at high-profile media companies and publications including The Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Sun, Reuters and the BBC.

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Introducing the

The Young Journalists’ Academy is a unique programme aimed at inspiring and training the newsmakers of tomorrow. In partnership with some of the world’s leading media organisations, the YJA gives aspiring journalists the skills and the contacts they need to kick-start their careers in the media.

Applications are now open for the 2018 summer school below. 

The YJA provides an unmissable opportunity for anyone who wants to be a journalist, but doesn’t have any way in.

Elias Hirst, 17, Tower Hamlets

YAG Summer School

Our next opportunity is our Young Academies Group (YAG) summer school.

This is the start of your journey with us. On the intensive week-long programme you will meet and learn from the best in both journalism and publishing.

You will focus on honing your skills as a journalist and take a step into the world of publishing.

To give you a flavour of our summer school’s jam-packed week, you will:

  • Learn the ABC of good journalism
  • Meet and interview journalists and editors
  • Learn how to produce and shoot videos
  • Create your own news or literary podcast
  • Be a data journalist by investigating facts and figures
  • Review the latest books, films, TV and music

The summer school will take place from Sunday, 26th August to Friday, 31st August 2018.  Please make sure you are available for the whole week before applying.

The closing date for applications is Sunday, 15th July 2018, 23.59pm.

We will be in touch on Tuesday, 17th July.

If you are successful you will need to attend group interviews on either Saturday, 21st July or Sunday, 22nd July, so please keep these dates free.

Good luck!

Journalists are hard to make contact with. Being able to talk to them, get advice and network is amazing, and the YJA is with you every step of the way.

Bradley O'Connor, 18, Newham

If you're an aspiring journalist, complete your summer school application here

Introducing the

The Young Publishers’ Academy (YPA) launched in April 2018 at the London Book Fair.

The YPA provides young talent with the skills and the contacts to take their first steps in the publishing industry.

Applications are now open for the 2018 summer school below.

The YJA has given me a kick up the backside to create a blog, keep writing and stop thinking that I can do better by just thinking it! I'm now a news junkie!

Arjun Chana, 17, Waltham Forest

YAG Summer School

Our next opportunity is our Young Academies Group (YAG) summer school.

This is the start of your journey with us. On the intensive week-long programme you will get behind-the-scenes access to the world of publishing and learn what it takes to tell, pitch and market a great story.

You will learn from the best storytellers: authors of fiction, journalists of facts and everything in between.

To give you a flavour of our summer school’s jam-packed week, you will:

  • Pitch a story to authors and literary agents
  • Create your own news or literary podcast
  • Produce and shoot videos
  • Review the latest books, films and TV
  • Visit a world-leading publisher

The summer school will take place from Sunday, 26th August to Friday, 31st August 2018.  Please make sure you are available for the whole week before applying.

The closing date for applications is Sunday, 15th July 2018, 23.59pm.

We will be in touch on Tuesday, 17th July.

If you are successful you will need to attend group interviews on either Saturday 21st July or Sunday 22nd July, so please keep these dates free.

Good luck!

I loved the data journalism masterclass as it gave me great insight into how statistics can be used to reinforce your argument. The fact that it was at Google was the cherry on top.

David Kennedy, 17, Waltham Forest

Interested in the world of publishing? Complete your summer school application here.

News and case studies

There was an eagerness, an enthusiasm, a thirst for knowledge, that made speaking to the group an honour.
And the young people were rewarded with a great agenda.
What a fabulous project this is!

Daniel Finkelstein, OBE, political columnist, The Times

Shingi Mararike

I took my first steps into journalism with the Young Journalists’ Academy. Before, I had never met a journalist or had my writing critiqued by anyone other than my mother.

The YJA taught me to understand the rigours of a modern newsroom, from coming up with original ideas to writing well under pressure.

After the YJA summer school, I knew I wanted a career in journalism. Fast forward a few years, now with an English degree and countless training and work-experience opportunities with the YJA, I am the first ever paid apprentice at The Sunday Times.

Elsa Makouezi

Taking part in the summer school gave me a great insight into the world of journalism and allowed me to learn from some of the best in the business. Since then, I’ve worked in journalism, public relations and communications.

After the YJA, I then worked at the YJA for a year before joining a global Public Relations agency as a content writer, writing bylines for various clients. After working in PR, I completed a Masters at the London School of Economics and have since been working in the Corporate Communications team at Dow Jones, supporting on internal comms and communications for the CEO.

Thank you very much to YJA for coming to Google. I'm honoured to have been invited to take part in such an important project, and it was wonderful to meet such enthusiastic students. Based on their insightful questions about data journalism, I'm sure they all have a bright future ahead of them!

Clara Guibourg, data journalist at Google News Lab

Onikepo Abudu

I’d like to think as a child I always had a wild imagination; living in Nigeria without always having sufficient means to entertain myself, my siblings and I often had to find other ways. We were obsessed with Enid Blyton books and as I continued to read the different tales she’d spin, my need to create a story like hers had only deepened.

After the YJA summer school, I shadowed a radio producer and developed skills n a work experience scheme with Tremr, a social blogging site, I am incredibly keen on expanding my experience and gaining as much knowledge as I can.

I’m still 18 years old, so I have a long path ahead of me, but the more advice and knowledge I get, the more I’m ready to find my own path into journalism and uncover the route I’d like to go down.

Sara Ahmed

I read books like I read the news: to be informed, inspired and made uncomfortable. I read about Israeli occupation while reading All the Presidents Men; I read about Time’s Up while reading Lolita and I read about Yemen while reading Malcolm X’s autobiography.

To me, journalism and literature are interchangeable with the same skills; to ask questions, to target an audience and to have a good eye for a story, and the Young Journalist Academy has taught me those skills and much more.

The academy has shown me the benefit of being open-minded and the necessity of being prepared to do anything, allowing me to explore my interests while expanding my skills and capability.

Anthony Farag

I am a young, Egyptian man with hopes of stretching the minds of the reader or viewer. Pushing their thinking to another level by presenting different perspectives and opinions, is something I wish to perfect. 

Since the YJA, I’ve been studying hard to get into Oxford. I’ve also worked for WORLDbytes, an online tv channel, where I co-produced and presented a documentary on public toilets in London and scored an interview with Arsenal FC. I shot and edited a short Christmas-themed vox-pop that featured on The Sun’s video Facebook page.

I have always been interested in Journalism, both in the traditional form of writing and the modern form of film, and the YJA made me aware of my ability and is helping me develop my talent.

Charlotte Gamble

I love a great story. Orwell’s 1984 is my favourite, and inspires me to pursue journalism so that I can dig for the truth.

The Young Journalists’ Academy has taken my love of story-telling and applied it to the world of journalism. I now edit an online student blog ‘Twenty Minutes Till Bedtime.’

I believe some of the best stories come from discovering obscured truths of the past, so I volunteer in museums across London and create historical video documentaries with the BBC.

The most important tale I take from 1984 is that the powerful can shape perceptions in society – it is up to us to find and report the truth.

Neetu Singh

Listening to my father’s accounts of the anti-Sikh riots of 1984 in India, I learned that the best stories and narratives let you experience a world different to your own.

I see journalism – like fiction – as a form of story-telling and in an effort to make and break more stories, I became one of twenty young Londoners to win a place at the coveted Young Journalists’ Academy in 2016.

I have always loved writing and I have had my short stories and poetry published in several Young Writers’ publications. Now, I run an online blog with friends and have had several bylines in my local newspaper, The Hackney Citizen and Get Surrey, on a work experience placement the YJA secured.

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