Investigative Journalism Programme
At Channel 4, we've always liked doing things a bit differently. After all, creativity and innovation have got us where we are. We like to recognise and nurture potential. It's about passion; your passion and determination to explore what you could achieve, and build your future in this exciting and fast-evolving industry.
In 2015, for the fourth year running, we opened up our Dispatches Investigative Journalism training scheme to applicants, offering two separate training opportunities for four to six successful applicants in each group.
Training Group 1
A programme for relatively inexperienced television journalists and those working outside the industry that can demonstrate great potential.. You may already be a researcher or AP, or be a journalist outside TV working in radio, newspapers or online. You may even not be a journalist, but have remarkable skill, knowledge or ability that means you could be a great journalist, for example through working as a lawyer, a police officer, or a forensic accountant.
Training Group 2
We know from talking to people in the industry that reaching more senior levels is often hard and this training scheme has been designed to offer bespoke courses to further the careers of talented people. This scheme is aimed at those with proven experience in investigative current affairs or documentary film-making, maybe as a shooting AP or producer and will support them to make the next step up to PD or executive producer.
For both schemes, we look for our team to be like our audience, full of different attitudes, ideas and opinions. We just want you to have a burning desire to make extraordinary journalism.
What will the scheme for those in Group 1 involve?
This is on-the-job training within a production company which will involve developing ideas for, and working on, films for the Dispatches strand. It will be a mixture of practical courses, such as camera and editing, mentoring and workshops.
Up to four applicants will be chosen to work in production companies for a minimum of 6 months, working on a commissioned episode of Dispatches. In your application please state your preference for location.
What will the scheme for those in Group 2 involve?
Training could be in filming, editing, production or investigative techniques, whatever is needed to enable people to make that progression and develop talent not just at entry but also mid-career levels. We want our team to be like our audience, full of different attitudes, ideas and opinions and successful candidates will have a burning desire to make extraordinary journalism.
Up to six talented applicants will be chosen and offered places on a training course tailored to them. This is not an employment contract, therefore you will either already be employed by a production company, with experience of making current affairs programmes, or will be an active freelancer working in this area. The training will last up to ten days over 12 months and you must have permission from your employer. We will provide the training but you must be able to take time from work in order to take part.