Even small papers in Britain understand that the key to the future is training. At Trinity Mirror:

And a training programme to improve journalists’ multimedia skills and give them the chance to contribute content ideas has also been launched. This includes a series of week-long video journalism courses and a series of one-day multimedia workshops, which will be attended by more than 70 journalists in the North West region before being rolled out across the division.

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    Ask Trinity Mirror about its wages for journalism trainees. They are on minimum wage. Many of their journalists have to take second jobs just to make ends meet.

  • There’s a system in Malaysia — maybe it’s the same in Britiain? — whereby you are hired either as a trainee or as a full-bore journalist. The pay difference is significant, and so are the expectations. The common complaint from editors about fresh j-school grads: They want to be hired at the full-bore pay rate, but they want the training period also. This really annoys the editors there!

  • Having grown up in the states and lived in the UK for a few years, I can definitely see a difference. I have two friends that are journalists in London and believe this also.

  • “to improve journalists’ multimedia skills”
    I think that is a very good idea.
    You often find “multimedia skills” in people who have no content to put in multimedia and people with good content who do not know how to present it in “multimedia”.
    And of course, since good brains producing good content is something much more difficult to train than “multimedia skills” they go into the right direction.
    If the mountain doesn’t go anymore to Mohamed, then Mohamed has to learn how to go to the mountain…

  • I think this is a great idea. We run a media enabling course that uses clients editorial skills and our production/podcasting/web 2.0(sorry) skills. For organisations like this, it’s brilliant and gives them a better sense of ownership over the end result, much more so than if they just employed a production company to do the work.