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by Clare Slyfield - Tuesday, 22 May 2012, 09:17 AM

Free journalism summer school with leading journalists for 16- to 18-year-olds:

Applications are now coming in thick and fast for the 2012 Young Journalists' Academy Summer School , organised by Journalism Education in partnership with The Times. It is completely free of charge and takes place in Canary Wharf from 18 to 25 August.

If you think you could benefit from this summer school either speak to Mrs Goodman, Head of English at St Olave's or fill in the online application. It's an extremely popular programme and places are limited - so you are advised to apply ASAP via the following link: http://www.yja.org.uk/index.php/site/apply

If you would like a YJA representative to visit your school to talk about the summer school, and careers in journalism, please speak to Mrs Goodman who may be able to arrange this for interested students.

The programme is open to 16- to 18-year-old London state-school pupils who have the passion and the guts, but not ‘the right contacts’, to break into journalism.

This is an unparalleled opportunity for students who are thinking about obtaining a career in the media, with our recent alumni study showing almost 90 per cent of graduates have gone on to be published or do further work in the media. Many go on to get internships in the media as a result, and two outstanding students get placements at The Times.

For more information about the programme, speak to Mrs Goodman, Head of English at St Olave's and access the application form, via www.yja.org.uk . The final deadline for applications is Friday 22 June.

Successful candidates will get a unique chance to meet some of Britain's most renowned journalists, to participate in media-training workshops and to visit the headquarters of high-profile media institutions. Past speakers include Decca Aitkenhead ( the Guardian), Daniel Finkelstein (The Times), Simon Newman (Reuters), Simon Nixon (Wall Street Journal), Ally Ross (the Sun) and Dean Piper (Sunday Mirror). We have an equally high-profile programme this year.