Positive Action Scheme

Thinking of a career in journalism?

The Guardian believes there should be a better representation of our diverse society in the media, and each summer offers placements for two weeks for those aiming to start a career in journalism.

How it works

We offer placements to Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) and people with disabilities considering a career in journalism.

Successful applicants will learn about different aspects of the profession - gaining an insight into the workings of a number of sections across the newspaper and website. You’ll also have an experienced journalist as a mentor to offer careers advice.

At the end of the two weeks, we offer each participant a chance to come back and spend one more week with the desk they felt was most useful and interesting for them.


To be considered for a placement you must be at least 18, an EEA resident with the right to work or train in the UK and able to demonstrate a genuine interest in for journalism – for example, serious involvement in student journalism, work experience on local/specialist media, or an impressive personal website or blog.

The aim of the scheme is to introduce aspiring journalists to an editorial environment. For this reason we regret that professional journalists are not eligible to apply for these placements. Those who have received a previous placement at GNM are not eligible.

Due to COVID-19, this year's Positive Action schemes have been put on hold until further notice.

We apologise for the disappointment that we know this will cause, and we hope you can understand why we had to take this step in the current circumstances.

Unfortunately we cannot offer online or remote working for our Positive Action schemes. 

Guardian News & Media continues to support the better representation of our diverse society in the media and is committed to the continuation of the Positive Action schemes once the national situation returns to normal.

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