Australia's largest independent media organisation has launched a nationwide search for 10 reporters to learn the journalism trade in its dynamic regional and metropolitan newsrooms.
ACM's 12-month program offers experience and training in all aspects of news - from politics and local democracy to court, crime, investigations, community, sport, and national breaking news.
Trainees will be given the chance to apply skills developed in multimedia storytelling workshops using video, audio, data visualisation tools and photography.
Tony Kendall, ACM's managing director, said the program is part of a three-year plan to significantly expand ACM's early career journalism opportunities around Australia.
"We're hiring the most tenacious and exceptional reporters to work in our growing newsrooms to better inform, entertain and strengthen our communities," he said.
"Over three years, 30 additional trainees will be recruited in a real boost for regional news."
I think what's important is taking that first step; you need to just put yourself out there.Fleur Connick, 2021 ACM editorial trainee
Unrivalled journalism experience
Tailored, practical instruction in editorial tools and techniques will complement the day-to-day work of being a reporter, ACM editorial trainer Saffron Howden said.
"This on-the-job journalism training program is unrivalled given the exposure you'll have to all aspects of news production.
"You'll file stories for local and regional audiences and rotate through our national digital news desk to develop multimedia, data, social media, audience and engagement skills," she said.
Successful applicants will be mentored by experienced journalists and editors working for mastheads such as The Canberra Times, The Newcastle Herald, The Illawarra Mercury in Wollongong, The Courier in Ballarat, The Examiner in Launceston, and The Border Mailin Wodonga.
Supportive environment rich with opportunities
Fleur Connick joined the Newcastle Herald as an editorial trainee this year and has embraced the unique training opportunities and hands-on experience.
"I feel very fortunate to have been given this opportunity and to be a part of a network of journalists who want to see me succeed in my career," she said.
Ms Connick has written stories, helped produce podcasts, collaborated on investigations, and works as an audience engagement producer with a focus on bringing news to new audiences.
Driving news innovation in regional Australia
Voice of Real Australia podcast host and producer Tom Melville said ACM was telling the unique stories of regional Australia in immersive and innovative ways.
"We need creative people to write the next chapters," Mr Melville said.
"Our award-winning audio team spearheaded a cross-platform, network-wide series, Forgotten River, showcasing our multimedia capabilities. ACM and all its newsrooms support and foster ambitious storytellers."
Start your reporting career now
Ms Connick urged graduates to apply now.
"I think what's important is taking that first step; you need to just put yourself out there," she said.
ACM's 2022 editorial trainee positions are being offered in Canberra, Newcastle, Wodonga, Launceston, Wollongong, Ballarat, Warrnambool, Tamworth, Bendigo and Wagga Wagga.