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Do you have a thirst for news and a passion for photography? Are you an enthusiastic person with a desire to learn? If so, the Courier has the perfect job opportunity for you.

We are looking for a bright, passionate and enthusiastic person to join our busy editorial team as an apprentice – and you don’t need to have any experience.

The successful candidate will work alongside our reporter Hannah O’Hanlon, who started her journey in journalism as an apprentice with the Courier in 2017, and she can’t recommend the opportunity enough.

She said: ‘Starting out with no experience was a daunting prospect but I found learning on the job was the best way to find my feet.

‘While working part-time in the office every week, I spent two days a week at college in Glasgow undertaking my NCTJ training to gain the relevant qualifications for my role, which the company paid for.

‘This allowed me to put into practice straight away the many things I learned, and my experience in the work-place definitely gave me a head-start at college. It was the perfect way to get into a competitive industry.’

As well as the chance to learn, being a reporter opened up many other opportunities for Hannah.

She continued: ‘So far, I have had behind-the-scenes access to the renovations at Campbeltown Picture House, the building of the new Campbeltown Grammar School, and I was one of a handful of people at the exclusive launch of a 25-year-old Glen Scotia whisky.

‘I have also met MPs and MSPs, as well as television presenters and other well-known people. But some of the best moments of my career have come from time spent with members of the community.

‘My job allows me to join in with some of the most intimate moments of people’s lives – big birthdays, anniversaries and new babies, to name a few.

This is the third year that I have photographed primary one pupils at Kintyre’s schools and it is lovely watching those little people grow.’
Hannah says her role has also broadened her personal opinions.

‘My job has taken me to many events which I wouldn’t have chosen to go to personally, but which I thoroughly enjoyed,’ she said. ‘Being a reporter really is an enriching experience.’
Hannah has made many friends through her work, both people she has interviewed and colleagues.

‘Interviewees, people I met at college and many of my colleagues have all become firm friends,’ she said. ‘Wyvex Media, the company which owns the Campbeltown Courier, owns several other titles and has offices across Scotland, so although the team in Campbeltown is small, we are supported by a much bigger network of people across the company.’

Hannah is keen to stress that no experience is necessary to take on the apprenticeship.

‘Three years ago I had never written a word for any publication or had any professional photography experience,’ she said, ‘but now I am the main reporter responsible for putting the Courier together each week.

‘All you need is an interest in writing and photography, and a willingness to learn.’

If you are interested in joining the Campbeltown Courier team as an apprentice, send your CV, along with a covering letter on why you are interested and what you could bring to the team, to Group Editor Susan Windram by emailing: swindram@obantimes.co.uk