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The Telegraph Launches Media Literacy Programme For Schools

The Telegraph has launched a Media Literacy Programme for 16-18 year olds about the importance of quality, edited news in society.

The Telegraph Launches Media Literacy Programme For Schools
Ian MacGregor: “The Telegraph is investing in the future of journalism.”

The programme gives sixth form students the tools and skills to think critically about the news and its multi- platform ecosystem, says The Telegraph.

Around 30 pupils from London state schools are taking part in the online six week course which aims to inspire participants to develop careers in the world of journalism.

The students, from a diverse range of backgrounds, have been selected in partnership with The Careers Office, a charity aimed at helping young people make decisions about their future, overseen by the founder Deborah Streatfield.

The Telegraph’s editors and journalists are running live hour-long sessions showcasing the best of the Telegraph’s journalism. Sessions include: A Day in the Life of a Foreign Correspondent; An Introduction to Headline Writing; Secrets of Visual Journalism; Q&A sessions with the Women’s Sports Editor and the Travel Features Editor; Illustration and Snapchat sessions with the design team; and Exploring the World of Telegraph Podcasts and Video.

The course – a first for the Telegraph – will also discuss tips on how to get a job in the media industry and further training opportunities. On completion, students will have gained a detailed insight into what it takes to be a journalist and a greater understanding of the importance of a vibrant news media industry, say the publishers.

The student judged to have shown the most potential and commitment to the course will be invited to spend a day at The Telegraph (when rules allow), and all participants will receive a Telegraph Academy certificate and gift bag.

Ian MacGregor, Editor Emeritus at The Telegraph, said: “The Telegraph is investing in the future of journalism and is committed to helping students confidently navigate the media landscape. I am delighted that we are helping to break down the barriers to journalism and inspire the next generation of budding journalists.”

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