Apprenticeships in journalism are constantly changing — just ask Oscar

Publisher Reach, which has both National and Regional titles in its portfolio, offers a range of apprenticeships — and as the company continues to invest in digital opportunities, so the types of apprenticeships on offer change too.

Oscar Rihll is a social media apprentice who works in the company’s Google Showcase team. It was set up to deliver the partnership between Reach and Google when the latter launched the Showcase product, in which Google pays publishers to promote their best journalism.


Oscar’s role gives him the chance to work across National and regional titles, and on specific projects too. He has also spent time working as a reporter on the Manchester Evening News, and working within the MEN’s social media team, which boasts being among the top 20 for engagement according to NewsWhip.

He said: “I chose an apprenticeship as I wanted to learn the core skills of journalism and put this learning into practice.

“Working alongside my apprenticeship has allowed me to gain valuable experiences, learn new skills, and meet people who have been able to teach me as well. My apprenticeship has allowed me to meet like-minded people, bounce ideas off each other, and learn the key parts of becoming a journalist.

“I have learnt the foundations of journalism with the essential journalism course, extremely useful skills in video journalism, and I am now enrolled in the public affairs course to learn more about politics, and its key role within journalism.”



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