Award-winning global news and media agency Ruptly has announced the return of its popular online journalism masterclass series, Ruptly Academy.
Back for its second year after a successful debut in 2020, the aim of the digital programme is to instil professional skills in aspiring international journalists looking to forge a career in the field.
Applications for Ruptly Academy opened yesterday (22 April), giving students the chance to gain first-hand knowledge and insights from Ruptly’s expert team.
The programme begins on 1 July and runs the course of 10 weeks. Successful applicants will gain training in some of the most fundamental areas of the profession, including sourcing and pitching stories; reporting from war zones and conflict hotspots; filming and editing; live streaming; and identifying fake news.
Students on the programme gain access to expert-led video tutorials and assignments, feedback webinars and continuous personal mentoring from the senior newsroom team, while also opening doors to potential employment opportunities for the most promising talent. The course is ideal for current circumstances as it has been designed for remote delivery, accommodating global time zones and providing flexibility to suit participants’ schedules.
Last year’s series drew participants from all over the world, many of whom left positive feedback on their experience. Some remain in contact with the agency, pitching content with the advantage of being a known source, and discussing formal recruitment opportunities for when COVID-19 restrictions allow.
Dinara Toktosunova, CEO of Ruptly, commented: “After the resounding success of last year’s Academy and the continued uncertainty faced by today’s young reporters, it was an easy decision to reprise the programme for a second year. We discovered some really promising talent and continue to develop relationships with these bright young journalists. We’ve seen from last year’s cohort the good that Ruptly Academy can do, and we look forward to helping a second wave of aspiring reporters to catch their big break.”
To be considered for the programme, potential candidates must send a short video explaining what makes them the ideal recipient of this opportunity, along with CV and covering letter. Applications are open until 31 May and will be considered in order of receipt due to last year’s large volume of applications. Visit the website for more information.