Learning Waves Journalism Graduate Programme.
The Learning Waves 2023 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, 2021 and 2022 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 2023 programme. 8 out of the 10 graduates who took part in the 2022 graduate programme are now working full-time in the sector.
About the Programme
In 2023, 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
- Date 5th September 2023
- Duration 5 Months
- Places 10
- Closing Date for Student Applications
28th May 2023
Information For Graduates
Graduates who have recently qualified can apply for the programme. Graduates, if selected, will be paid for the 5 month placement in stations.
To apply for the 2023 Journalism Graduate Programme click on APPLY NOW.
Applications are now closed
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. Full details of stations benefits and commitment are available here.
Registration is now closed
What Students Say
"I have spent the last five months working as a researcher and journalist in Midlands 103. The main part of my role was researching content for the current affairs show, Midlands Today. In the beginning, I was not sure how much I would learn in such a short amount of time. Thankfully, I was wrong. Nevermind the technical skills that I have learnt, the confidence that I have gained in myself is incredible. I am more confident when I am speaking to guests and interviewing someone, as well as more confident when approaching people for vox-pops. While the technical aspect is a huge thing, I think the personal aspect also helps. I have learnt great people skills and how to deal with people in different situations."
"I thought the Learning Waves Graduate Programme was brilliant. The topics we researched were fantastic, current, and important. So, that was enjoyable for me, being part of a radio station and getting to know the team, it was brilliant. I learned so much and feel completely confident."
"I was interning in Off the Ball from September to February. This course has really done wonders for me. It's changed my career completely. I was always so interested in radio and wanted to see myself working in the industry. Learning Waves has given me that platform. I have gotten to connect with plenty of people in the industry which I would have never done before. It's been incredible."
"I really could not recommend this programme enough. I had a little experience working in radio before, but the skills I have gained over the last five months are invaluable. Between getting chances to go out on the street and talk to people, conduct my own interviews, read the news, commentate on live sporting events, doing vox pops, even presenting a couple of shows here and there, the experience I have gained has been incredible. I really could not recommend this experience highly enough. "
"I really enjoyed my time on this programme. I was very much welcomed, any question I had someone was there to help me with it. It is a busy environment, but I think if you really put yourself out there, they really take you in as one of their own. Besides working in The Newsroom, itself, the lectures were fantastic. Learning from amazing people like Gareth and Jane and finding out so much about the industry and focusing in on those skills that I have always wanted to develop. The best part of this whole internship was the community made between the interns. We were all able to help each other all the way through, support each other and lift each other up when we were a bit frustrated. I know that these people are going to be there for the rest of my career, and I will be able to rely on them. I am thankful for Learning Waves for creating that. "
"When I started this graduate programme, I had no experience of any broadcasting at all. After completing the course, I have walked away with a range of skills that will help me go far in the industry. I am still part of the station that I started with, and I could not be more thankful to all the team at learning waves for giving me the opportunity to do this."
"Getting the opportunity to be placed in a newsroom is just wonderful. You get to do the job as if you were hired there as a journalist. I had such a great time there. I was writing news stories. I was going out covering events. I met Ministers, TV's, local councilors. I was covering council meetings. As well as writing news stories, reading the news as well. It is just fantastic. The best way to learn is always by doing so, just getting the chance to be placed there, doing, and learning as you are going. It is wonderful."
"This programme has so much to offer. If you are looking to add to your CV, to make connections and to enhance your skills, I would highly recommend getting into this course and getting on the internship. The five months I have spent here in Midwest Radio, I've learned from some great people and seeing what goes into making a great radio show. It really helps you get out of your comfort zone and really helps you enhance your skills as an individual and as a broadcast journalist. I would highly recommend this course. I totally enjoyed my time here and I'm very thankful for the opportunity."
"The most important take away from me is that I now know for sure that I want to have a career in radio. In the past five months, it feels like I've done it all. No day was exactly like the one before, and that kept me on my toes. Learning on the job is really the only way to go in journalism, and that is exactly what this programme provides. My skills, my confidence and my knowledge have all grown so much because of this programme. I felt like a fully-fledged member of The Newsroom, like a journalist, and that is a high that I want to keep chasing."
"This programme is an amazing first step in your career. If you have finished college and are not sure how to get started, I couldn’t recommend this programme more. Before you know it, you’ll have skills, contacts and confidence. It truly is a priceless experience."
Shane's passion and knowledge are infectious. He pushes you out of your comfort zone without making you uncomfortable. It was a great excersise to have the team all together in an open and honest space.
A total of 10 graduates have been placed in 5 different radio stations across Ireland for a period of 5 months. The placement of the graduates follows a rigorous selection and interview process by Learning Waves, the BAI and Independent Consultants. A total of 20 graduates were selected for interview and following the interview process, the final 10 graduates were selected.