Media release: News Scotland to host virtual News Academy for aspiring journalists


NEWS Scotland is hosting its News Academy annual conference for aspiring journalists today. This will be the first time that the event has been held virtually, due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Media students from across Scotland’s universities and colleges – and senior secondary school pupils with an interest in a media career – will be taking part in the live, two-hour event.

STV news anchors, John MacKay and Rona Dougall, will be the keynote speakers, talking about their lives in journalism.

This will be followed by five breakout sessions, each headed by talent from across News Scotland and News UK, where young people can ask questions and get career advice.

Scottish Sun editor, Alan Muir, said: “We love this time of year when everyone can be face-to-face in the same room talking about journalism and, hopefully, encouraging the next generation of journalists.

“Unfortunately, the pandemic has put paid to that but our audience – albeit, virtual – will be even bigger than before.

“And we hope that, by still having access to talent from broadcast, print and digital backgrounds, our young students will get some helpful insights and tips about getting into journalism and having sustainable careers.”

The News Academy Scotland annual conference takes place from 1-3pm on Tuesday, March 16, 2021.


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