- Britain's most successful newspaper group is offering would-be reporters and writers an exciting and challenging yearlong training course, plus the chance to work at the Daily Mail and Mail Online
- We are looking for bright, sharp, intelligent writers who believe they can be fast-tracked to the very top
- You'll be on the best journalism course in the business - and be paid a competitive salary while you train
- Successful applicants will probably have completed post-graduate journalism training or had experience working in newspapers
Apply by February 21, with your CV, 200 words on why you think you could be a Mail journalist, a 200-word news story and a selection of up to six cuttings and send to Sue Ryan, Trainee Reporters' Scheme, Daily Mail, Northcliffe House, 2 Derry St, London W8 5TT. Please send queries to email@example.com
Sounds great. 200 words on why I should be a Mail journalist? I think I can crack that off.
I'll write anything. Honestly, anything. I'm happy to slag off a missing-presumed-dead woman, or slag off a woman whose daughter recently died, or a gay man who recently died. Hell, I can even publicly speculate about the private life of someone who has apparently recently attempted suicide. I can do that and I won't have nightmares about it. I can slag off a teenager for being too thin, while slagging off the BBC for a remark about a teenager apparently being overweight, while guffawing about a celebrity's appearance and saying they're too fat. I can write captions for snatched pictures of people who've just split up. None of this bothers me at all.
Not just that though. I'll happily write stories about "non-white British" mums, and 'non-white British' babies, while tut-tutting at the English Defence League. I don't have a problem with that at all. One day I'd love to be the kind of writer who talks about the 'indigenous population' or makes a joke about Peter Mandelson living down the 'Rue des Jeunes Garcons'. But that's a distant dream, something to aspire to - maybe one day. In the meantime, I'm happy to write whatever you want me to write. And go home and sleep like a baby, and not worry about it at all.
Well, fingers crossed. I think this could be my big break!