Digital Journalism Modern Apprenticeships
Jack Makes the News – Every Day
Modern apprentice Jack Aitchison is making the news every day – as he has landed a job as atrainee journalist with STV under the modern apprenticeship programme.
Jack, whose career ambition was to become a tv journalist, jumped at the chance to become an apprentice in digital journalism with STV for a year at the end of his fifth year at secondary school instead of returning for a sixth year.
Since he started last August, Jack, from Renfrewshire, has had some fantastic opportunities including working on the Scottish Independence Referendum. This is particularly significant as Jack was a first time voter at the age of 16 in the Referendum.
Jack’s progress can be followed in his tweets @jackaitchison 15 and his blog Scotland’s Tomorrow providing “an aspiring journalist and first time voter’s view on post-indyref Scotland, local news and global events”.
Jack, now 17, sums up his view of his experiences so far in his final blog of 2014. “During the summer I was offered an application to become an apprentice journalist, and I didn’t hesitate to confirm.
“Working in connection with Skills Development Scotland, the NUJ and Forth Valley College, I have seen first-hand what it takes to become a journalist in what is an extremely difficult industry to crack.
“Over the past few months I have had opportunities to work alongside some of the country’s finest journalists, and the experience of working online on the referendum debate shows, opinion pieces, post-debate interviews, and, to top it all off, to work during referendum night itself.
“To be a journalist during events like these is special, simply special.
“At the start of the year I would never imagine I would be in the situation I am in today, and for that I am extremely grateful.”
Matt Roper, Digital News Editor at STV, said: “We are really pleased to have Jack working with us as a modern apprentice digital journalist.
“So far in his placement he has worked on newsgathering, reporting, video editing, and joined the editorial team producing the current affairs show Scotland Tonight.
“Jack now writes news articles for our news website and apps and across our social media accounts.
“He has gained experience in everything from covering crime to being a part of STV’s coverage of the Scottish independence referendum – including working on the live blogs covering the landmark debates between Alex Salmond and Alistair Darling.
“We hope it’s giving him a strong grounding in the skills required to be a journalist in a modern newsroom.”
Jack’s tweets and blog posts are available at