Become a Voice Reporter

Do you want to write about the arts? We're on the hunt for two new reporters to join the team from January 2017.


What's a Voice Reporter?

In a nutshell, Voice Reporters are trainee writers who create weekly articles for the Voice magazine and attend training days throughout the year.

Voice content includes reviews, blogs, features, interviews, think pieces, how to guides…the list goes on!

You can create written, film, photography or audio work, and we are looking for reporters who are keen to focus on one or two specific areas. See in more detail at the bottom of the page.

You will also have the chance to attend festivals such as Edinburgh Festival Fringe and Brighton Fringe, workshops and team weekends away, getting advice from working journalists and getting to grips with the professional arts world.

Who are you?

It is essential that you are passionate about the arts, and are looking to make a career of media, online or print journalism.

You must be between the ages of 17 and 23.

You must be keen to learn, and willing to work as part of a group and must be vigilant with deadlines, in keeping with the weekly turnover of articles on the site.

Alongside your weekly reporting, which is not location specific and will often take national or global arts into account, you will also have the opportunity to report from events in your own regions. We are recruiting Reporters from two specific regions:


You must live in Central or Greater London, and would be offered many opportunities in and around the London area, covering theatre, visual arts, music and more.


We're really keen to cover some of Hull's City of Culture events next year, so if you live in Hull, or within easy travelling distance, now's the time to get in touch!

What will you get?

You will receive one year of training in a wide range of skills. We will take you through the basics of online media, introduce you to the key areas of producing content for the web, and give you the chance to specialise in areas that you would especially like to develop. You will get first hand advice from our team, and will work closely with our core members and we will call on professional journalists throughout the year to attend training sessions and workshops, offering you the best advice to help crack the industry.

You'll also get:

  • experience working on a national team (great for your CV)
  • free entry to events and a chance to meet and interview artists
  • the chance to join our festivals programme, heading for Brighton, Edinburgh Fringe and Latitude amongst others
  • to work with a lovely group of young people you wouldn't otherwise meet – and a lot of fun.

What does it cost?

We do not charge young people to join our training programme. We ask you to commit to regular writing, prompt communication and getting involved with the Voice team. It's a case of using some of your time to learn new skills, make connections and also help us create fantastic content.

We cover the cost of your train (or similar) travel to most training and events and we usually book trains in advance so you rarely need to reclaim fares. We also pay for any accommodation needed and we feed you. Money will never be a barrier for you joining us, so please don't worry.


The Voice Reporter programme will run for one full year and we ask that you carefully consider this commitment before applying. All applicants must be free to attend the next Reporter training day:

London, 21st January 2017

Applications Close: 11th December 2016

How to apply


Email your application to, with the subject line: Voice Reporter Application [London OR Hull].

Be sure to include:

  • Your name
  • Your age
  • Your contact email and phone number
  • Your geographical location, and confirmation that this will be your base for the next year
  • 200 words answering the question: 'Why are you applying to be a Voice Reporter?'

Arts Award Voice is part of the Arts Award Youth Network, which is run by Upstart Projects on behalf of Trinity College London, who manage Arts Award. We are all keen on supporting young people to develop their skills and find pathways into the creative industries.

Have a look at what the 2015-2016 team of Voice Reporters got up during their year in the role:

Idriss' forte is film. He wrote a regular column called Déja-View in which he would compare two films for all their similarities. He balances a job as a freelance filmmaker and videographer alongside being a Reporter. One of his highlights is reporting from the Film Expo South event. He's also written a whole host of How To Guides surrounding film as well as photography and the other art forms he dabbles in.

Ellen specialises in literature. She wrote a three-part feature called Literature and Mental Health, which assessed the growing role and recognition of mental health in literature as well as the role of literature in offering catharsis for writers. She is just finishing up her dissertation for an MA in English Literature at Durham University. She also reported from the country's biggest literature festival, Bath Literature Festival. In addition, she has written many articles around issues and politics surrounding contemporary literature.

Elena is multi-disciplined, with a focus on film, theatre, and contemporary art. Elena, like Ellen, is finishing up her dissertation for an MA, but in English Studies from the University of Manchester. She enjoys exploring the role of the female within these art forms and had a column called A View From The Other Side in which she explored cultural trends and the virtues they had in addressing female and LGBTQ roles in the innovative ways they did. She writes a lot of cultural news articles and news-related blogs, such as the personal and cultural impact of Brexit and one of her highlights was reporting, single-handedly, from York Theatre Royal's TakeOver Festival, which was curated entirely by young people at the theatre.