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Factory Media launches internship scheme for graduates

Factory Media launches internship scheme for graduates
David Wood
04 March 2015

Lifestyle, sports and culture producer Factory Media has launched a new talent scheme offering interns paid jobs.

The Factory Academy is designed to provide opportunities in its fast-growing digital content department for 10 new interns on paid annual contracts.

Factory has committed to running the scheme for three years.
Factory Media has partnered with Creative Access, an organisation founded to provide opportunities for paid internships in the creative industries for young graduates from under-represented black, Asian and other minority ethnic backgrounds.

Creative Access has worked with companies such as the BBC, ITV, Sky, Film 4, Neal Street, Left Bank Pictures and Framestore to provide internships for graduates.
Factory Media, which specialises in producing content for digital brands and broadcasters, has recently expanded to cover the launch of dedicated YouTube channels and the creation of a talent and publisher network.
Jo Fairweather, head of video at Factory Media and director of The Factory Academy, said: “The business case for diversity is well proven.

“We not only want our content to appeal to as wide an audience as possible, but we also want to gather talent and ideas from a pool of the most diverse minds.

“This scheme represents a significant investment for us in terms of both time and money, and underpins the future content strategy we have in place.”
Darryl Newton, CEO of Factory Media, added: “In London, BAME representation in the media industries stands at 8.9% — the highest in the country. That’s not bad until you consider that the capital’s overall BAME working population is 28.8%.

“This isn’t fair and, furthermore, it’s bad for business, because it’s ignoring a huge potential audience.”
The successful interns, the first intake of whom start this week, will gain hands-on experience across the entire Factory Media portfolio, gaining essential skills in a range of disciplines, from content creation to monetising and extending the reach of both editorial and video brands.

The internships will also teach candidates how to brainstorm and develop original ideas for online content, how to pitch to brands and broadcasters, and how to find an audience for the content they help to create.

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