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Journalism Volunteer Projects in Sri Lanka


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For those seeking to gain cutting-edge work experience in journalism this is a fantastic opportunity. Whilst living and working in the buzzing capital, Colombo, you will gain an incredible amount of work experience. In this city there is never a dull moment and you’ll find plenty to report on.

Projects Abroad now have print, radio and media house (radio, TV and multi-media) journalism placements running in Colombo, Sri Lanka’s capital.

Please note that to volunteer on either the print or radio journalism placements you must have some previous journalistic experience, a high level of written English and a passion for journalism. Volunteers without experience are able to apply for our media house journalism placement. You will be asked to submit your CV and a sample article when you apply.

These placements are ideal for university students and graduates. However, if you are an experienced journalist then there are also plenty of opportunities for you too. This is your chance to put together a portfolio of journalistic work whilst living on the beautiful island of Sri Lanka.

Print Journalism Placements in Sri Lanka

Print journalism volunteers work at either a national daily or weekly English language publication. The papers we work with feature articles on arts, sport and business. Your daily tasks will include researching, interviewing, feature writing and reporting.

You can expect to be set a variety of assignments; one day you may be reviewing a play, the next you may find yourself at a PR event, or writing about business and commerce, or reporting on the latest news.

The print journalism placement is only for volunteers who can dedicate a minimum of eight weeks to their time in Sri Lanka. Throughout your placement you will get the chance to shadow reporters, learn top tips and techniques and ultimately become a roving reporter pursuing your own ideas and contacts.

Radio Journalism Placements

The radio journalism project is based in the heart of Colombo. Depending on your interests and experience you could work in the following areas; broadcasting, sales and marketing, creative writing, news journalism and there are also opportunities within the technical department. The hours of work are flexible and volunteers could be expected to work late into the evening or even at weekends, if the work requires it.

The head of the radio station also prefers that you apply for at least a 12 week placement and requests that you submit a copy of your CV when you apply. Volunteers need to view this as a serious work placement, and the head of the station would prefer to accept volunteers who have already completed at least one year of university and are looking to pursue journalism as a career.

On this placement your input will be greatly encouraged and appreciated, especially if you prove to be adaptable and willing. Take every opportunity presented to you and you will reap the journalistic rewards!

Media House Journalism Placements

The Media House placement is located in Colombo, and is made up of a TV station, radio station and a news website. Volunteers will be able to work in a variety of fields.

The media house journalism project is only available for volunteers who can dedicate a minimum of 12 weeks to the project. Volunteers need to view this as a serious work placement. However, this placement is available for volunteers with no journalism experience.

You will shadow local journalists and will work in a variety of departments. Your responsibilities will be dependent upon your level of experience.

This placement is fully researched, safety audited and risk assessed in accordance with the British Standard BS8848 for the Adventure Travel Sector.

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