We offer each of our trainees a summer bursary of up to £1,000 every year of their degree to spend on journalism work experience or a journalism project, giving them the unique opportunity to travel and explore the areas of journalism they are passionate about.

Here, final year trainee Lily Jobson tells us how she enjoyed her MailOnline placement so much in 2021, she returned this year for more.

I decided to use my bursary to go back to the MailOnline this summer as I thoroughly enjoyed it last year. 

It was an opportunity to gain some valuable knowledge from reporters at the MailOnline whilst getting the chance to get some first-hand experience of reporting. 

During my placement, I was heading to the office in Kensington when I got a call to go straight to Trafalgar Square, where a party was being held for the Lionesses victory in the Women’s Euro 2022. 

The Euro victory party was open on a first come, first serve basis, with the first 7,000 people allowed in. I headed straight to the queue to meet the photographer and one other reporter and started getting reaction from the fans. 

Lily was lucky enough to cover the aftermath of the England Lionesses' historic win at the Women's Euro 2022

Lily was lucky enough to cover the aftermath of the England Lionesses’ historic win at the Women’s Euro 2022

I was writing copy to file straight back to the MailOnline to be published and I updated them with changes throughout the day. 

It was remarkable to be able to attend the party and be a part of the celebration. I got to experience first hand how fast plans can change whilst being a reporter. 

Lily reported on the ground from the Trafalgar Square victory party

Lily reported on the ground from the Trafalgar Square victory party

The Lionesses Euro win was the top story of the day and I loved that I was a part of it. 

On another morning I was put on a story about comedian Lee Evans being arrested on a plane for drinking too much alcohol. 

I got in contact with his managers who didn’t want to talk and put the phone down on me pretty much straight away. But it’s part of the journey as a reporter. Some people will want to talk, some people will not – but it’s all good experience. 

For my other bylines, I had to do a lot of digging. Two celebrities were allegedly back together after they split, as they were seen on holiday together with their children multiple times. 

This story was with the Femail desk which I worked on last year and loved. 

Going back for a second year has helped to confirm what type of journalism I love and want to pursue a career in once I finish my final year. 

You can read one of Lily’s stories with MailOnline here.

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