Emerging Talent Programme FAQ

FAQ Section

When does the programme open for applications?

Applications open on at 12:00 midday on Monday 11th April and close on Monday 16th May at 23:59

How long is the MET Programme?

The programme is a 2-year fixed term contract

Do I need to have worked in journalism before?

No previous experience required

Is this a paid opportunity?

Yes. We are offering a salary of €25,000 for roles in Dublin and £21,000 for Belfast

Who is eligible for the fellowship?

The programme is open to anyone who has a passion for journalism, writing or video storytelling

Is there an age limit?

No. The MET Programme is open to anyone over the age of 18

Do you encourage applications from people with a passion for journalism that have been working in a different sector for 20 years and want to now pursue their dream?


I was born outside of Ireland but Ireland is now my home. Is it worth me applying?

Yes, we want voices that represent a multicultural modern day Ireland and Northern Ireland

I’m a parent and would like to get back into the industry after years of bringing up my children. Is this programme suitable for me?

Yes. We encourage applications from people in their 30s or 40s who want to return to the workplace after a long absence

I’m currently in a career that my heart is not in. My passion is storytelling and journalism. Would you consider me?

Yes. This programme is open to anyone who would like to change career and fulfil their passions

Why do you ask diversity questions as part of the application process?

Diversity, equality and inclusion is a crucial and permanent part of our business strategy. To help us ensure a fully diverse, equitable and inclusive working environment, we invite you to fill out these voluntary questions so we can track and further our efforts. The information shared here is strictly optional, and cannot and will not affect your job application in any way. We want to know that we are reaching people that reflect a modern day Isle of Ireland.

When does the programmes start?

The programme will start in September 2022.

Why does the programme start later in the year?

The programme starts later in the year to give people who are currently working the opportunity to work their notice period. The children’s school summer holidays end in September, this gives a parent the opportunity to not have to worry about childcare during the summer and plenty of time to sort extra support if needed during term time.

How many people will be on the programme?

This pilot programme will be for four people.

I did not do very well in my exams at school, will this prevent me from applying?

No, not at all. We are not even asking for qualifications in the application. These are not important. It’s your passion for storytelling we are interested in.

Will I be able to take holiday while on the programme and will it be paid?

Yes. You will be entitled to 25 days holiday a year which is paid plus national bank holidays

Are all the positions in Dublin?

No we have positions available in Dublin and Belfast

Will my contract be extended after two years?

No. During the first 18 months you will be given all the development you need to be able to potentially secure a permanent role with us. During the last six months of your contact you will be able to apply for any suitable roles as an internal candidate.

What does the interview process look like? What can I expect?

First the application form. This includes a written section, video section and we ask for links to any of your writing or videos that are published these can include self-published and or a blog / social media

If you are selected to meet us in person, you will be invited to an assessment day in Dublin. The day will comprise ‘getting to know you’ exercises, a chance for your passion to shine, an interview style chat with us.

When will the assessment day take place?

The assessment days will take place on the 16th and 17th June. It is important that you will be available to join us on these dates if you are selected for this stage of the application process.

If I’m successful in being invited to the assessment day is there any pre-work?

Yes. As part of the application process we have asked you to tell us a story you would like to tell. On the day we would like you to take us through this. Remember this is a subject of your choice. Something that you are passionate about. WE are giving you the opportunity to shine.

I live in Belfast. Will there be a separate assessment day for the Belfast based role?

Currently we are planning for the Belfast role to be part of the Dublin assessment day. If you are invited to the assessment day we will offer to cover the cost of train travel to Dublin.

What kind of work will I perform?

You will perform the kind of work that our other full-time journalists perform. Please see the role descriptions:

News Reporter Journalist Dublin

News Reporter Journalist Belfast

News Magazine Features Writer Dublin

Video Journalist Dublin

I have a question that isn’t covered in the FAQ section – can I contact you for an answer?

Yes, of course you can. If you have any questions that haven’t been answered, please contact us via Twitter. Tweet your question using the hashtag METProgramme22 or message Colin Campbell-Austin via Twitter @ColinCAustin


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