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Journalism in Jamaica

Volunteer in Jamaica

Whether you are already working as a journalist or are contemplating journalism as a career or university option, our voluntary Journalism placement in Jamaica offers you the chance to gain some fantastic work experience whilst living in one of the most vibrant countries in the Caribbean.

You have the opportunity to put together a portfolio of work and gain valuable experience in radio, television or print journalism. In particular, interns will gain an insight into the workings of the media in a different cultural and political setting.

For this project it is important that interns are fluent in English. We partner with the Northern Caribbean University (NCU) Media Group, as well as a local newspaper. Please be aware that Northern Caribbean University is a Christian institution and as such volunteers will be required to comply with the rules set out by the institution.

Journalism in Jamaica with Projects Abroad

Interns will take part in a range of different tasks, depending on the placement you choose.

Radio: Volunteers work at the Northern Caribbean University (NCU) radio station, just 10 minutes from Mandeville town centre.

NCU FM, which airs on the 91.1 FM band and is a member of the NCU Media Group is aired in Manchester and Clarendon with plans to go island-wide. NCU FM carries 24 hour programming with various programmes on health, family life, religion, news and sports, which volunteers can work on.

The radio station broadcasts in English and you would need to be confident in writing and reading articles and compiling your own stories in order to get the most from the placement. Volunteers usually observe for the first two weeks then, depending on your abilities, you may be given more hands-on tasks such as conducting research and writing news features for the radio broadcasts.

Television: Volunteers sit beside the producer and assist with production, videography and use of production equipment. The programmes are predominantly religious in nature.

Depending on your abilities you have the opportunity to work in the newsroom conducting research and writing news features for the television broadcasts.

Print: Volunteers have the option of writing one article per week for publication in a local newspaper.

Our Journalism Project Officer in Jamaica organises regular workshops for all journalism volunteers. The workshops will provide you with advice and information, and are also an opportunity to solve any issues you might have and discuss ideas with other volunteers and our local staff. You will also be able to learn new techniques that will build your skills in the field of journalism.

You can join a Journalism project in Jamaica for a minimum of two weeks if you don't have time to join us for more. This project has been selected by our local colleagues as being suitable for short term volunteering, however, your role will be primarily observational and you may not be able to make the same impact as someone volunteering for a longer period.

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