Wessex FM Academy

Your opportunity to gain radio experience with the Wessex FM Academy

If you want to work in radio, we've got the ideal opportunity - the Wessex FM Academy. 

It's a great way to get your foot in the door in a very competitive industry.

We run two programmes. Choose which area are you are most interested in here:


Journalism Programming



You must meet the following criteria:

  • Be at least 17 years of age
  • Be studying, or have studied, journalism, and have a desire to work in a local radio news environment
  • Preferably be able to drive with access to a vehicle
  • Live within reasonable distance of the Wessex FM broadcast area

You need to be confident, reliable and self motivated and prepared to do all kinds of things from writing up news stories to going out in the street and interviewing Wessex FM listeners.

The placement will usually take the form of one day a week at Wessex FM, and you will be expected to attend an interview beforehand.

During your time with Wessex FM, you will learn:

  • How we deal with news stories from inception to broadcast
  • Experience of how a real newsroom operates and be part of what happens
  • How to use state of the art radio news software
  • How to fine tune your existing interview and editing skills

If you’re interested in applying fill in the application form below.  Unfortunately we don't offer placements for school work experience.


What some of our Journalism Academy students say:


chris jones news academyChris Jones: Working with the Wessex FM news team for a week was a fantastic experience. There were ample opportunities to hone the skills I’d developed on my journalism degree to report a wide range of news stories from royal celebrations to visits from key political figures.

I’d recommend this experience to anyone wishing to pursue a career in journalism; the team are very welcoming and give you the guidance to produce reliable, professional content. I enjoyed writing and sourcing stories in the office and out and about in the local community.

Charlotte GayI was recommended to apply to Wessex FM’s newsroom internship through my university course and it was one of the best decisions for my career so far. It gave me a much better training ground to continually improve my newswriting, newsgathering, broadcasting skills within a friendly team.


Rhaya Barton :  Being treated as a member of the team, completing the same tasks as those who worked for Wessex, really immersed me totally in the industry and allowed me to gain an unbelievable amount of new skills.



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