Learning Waves Journalism Graduate Programme 2021

About the Programme

The Learning Waves 2021 Journalism Graduate Programme is a unique and innovative programme designed and supported by the Independent Commercial Radio Sector along with the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland(BAI) and Skillnet Ireland. The programme follows on from the success of the 2019/2020 graduate programme where 10 journalism graduates were placed in 10 different radio stations for a period of 5 months. Such was the success of that programme that funding has been awarded for the 2021 programme.

In 2021, Learning Waves will offer 10 Journalism graduates the unique opportunity to be placed in one of Ireland’s Independent Commercial Radio stations for a period of 5 months. The overall aims and objectives of the programme are:

  • To empower the graduates to tell stories that are truthful, of interest to the audience and are meaningful to society
  • To create a fundamental understanding and awareness among graduates of Media Literacy so that they can be equipped with the skills and knowledge to understand traditional and new media and communication sources, including radio, online and mobile platforms
  • To create an understanding among graduates of the need to provide audiences with information from trusted sources, information that is balanced and evidence-based opinion and comment
  • To future proof radio journalism, both news and sport, by encouraging graduates into the industry and exposing them to the many opportunities/platforms there is to tell stories through radio

Broadcasting has enormous potential to open windows on the world, to open awareness of news and emerging ideas and to open minds.

Feedback on 2019 Programme

It’s a great project. It opens up people to us as we are always looking for people for part-time and shift work. It can be hard to get these people with all the required skills.

Lana O’Connor Head of News, Red FM, Cork

The programme was excellent. There is a challenge in getting people interested in radio and this is a huge advantage in recruiting new talent.

Susan Murphy Managing Director, Clare FM

Participating Radio Stations

How To Apply

Information For Stations

Stations from the Independent Commercial Radio Sector can apply to Learning Waves to participate in the Journalism Graduate Programme. Stations will then be selected based on their application.

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Information For Graduates

Graduates who have recently qualified can apply for the programme. Graduates, if selected, will be paid stations.

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If you have any further questions about the programme, please contact us at teresah@learningwaves.ie