There's a note of caution on spending too long working for free, written by a press gazette intern. But short periods of unpaid work experience is still invaluable for newcomers and is a great way of getting that first break.
Here's some of the most useful-looking links I've found. They're not brand new, but the advice is still helpful and relevant:
- The Wannabehacks site is always a useful place to start. It has list of top placements from 2011.
- Bauer Media has a site dedicated to work experience and internships on its brands
- There's some interesting advice on Using twitter to get work experience from The Guardian
- Tips and tricks on how to impress on your work experience placemen
- This journalism.co.uk forum on work experience and opportunities for new journalists has some recent comments and other entries.
Clarify what titles mean by work experience.
Some titles have you just doing admin; some give you more meaty stuff to do.
Try the less well-known titles too.
Try the big name newspapers, magazines and websites by all means, but they can be over-subscribed. Some of the smaller set-ups, including trade magazines and websites, can sometimes find you a space - and can often give you a great chance to get a byline.
Volunteer and be willing to help.
It might sound obvious but always offer to help out and ask "is there anything else you'd like me to do?" rather than just twiddling your thumbs.