Working for AAP

Our Careers

AAP’s success can be attributed to its people. The diversity of AAP, from journalists to designers, ensures that there is the opportunity for anyone with a passion for media to grow.

AAP relies on its employees to continuously drive its businesses forward. With wide-ranging opportunities in journalism, administration, IT development and engineering, finance, sales, marketing, customer service and across many more fields, AAP is always on the look-out for talent.


Content and Editorial

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AAP has a range of newsroom roles, from the trainee positions of News Interns and Cadets, to reporters, photographers, videographers, curators and production journalists charged, with the delivery of fast-breaking news, around the clock.

News Interns – Click for more information

News Interns focus on online research, data mining, video sourcing and taking, reporting and news writing, all while upholding traditional virtues of accuracy, speed, ethical reporting, clear writing and good grammar.

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A comprehensive and highly-regarded 12-month Cadetship program rotates aspiring young journalists through disciplines including general news, finance, politics, courts, entertainment, video, sport and racing. Cadets must achieve 120 words per minute in Teeline shorthand to graduate.

Reporters and News Producers 

AAP journalists are generally highly versatile, able to tackle anything from the latest court verdicts to sports matches and politics. Many are in the field, reporting news as it’s happening, while others are focused on the specialised responsibility of delivering the news to the media’s varied platforms via our sophisticated editorial systems.

Visual Journalists 

Our Visual Media desk comprises talented photographers and videographers around Australia and New Zealand, all of whom are dedicated to bringing fast-file images and videos from the front-lines as action unfolds.


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Pagemasters employs a significant number of subeditors across Australasia, Asia and the UK. Their role is to edit stories so they are ready for publication in websites, newspapers, magazines and specialist publications. Subeditors are able to quickly check stories for accuracy, lucidity and legal pitfalls, make careful edits to adjust story lengths then add enticing headlines and captions. Layout subeditors will do all of the above as well as swiftly designing newspaper or web pages.

Comment Moderators

Pagemasters’ comment moderators check hundreds of comments by readers of websites and social media before they are posted live. Their job is to moderate online conversations for websites, posting as many comments as they can but rejecting those that are abusive or inappropriate. Comment moderators have a highly responsible role, making fast decisions based on client guidelines.

Trainee Programs

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AAP offers a comprehensive training program for entry-level journalists.

Training is available in three stages – editorial assistant, news intern and cadetship. Applicants will be considered for all three levels.

Applications for AAP’s 2018-19 trainee programs will open on April 1, 2019 and close April 12, 2019. Please email applications to

Editorial Assistant

Positions are available in our busy Sydney and Melbourne newsrooms. EAs learn the fundamental skills of journalism from the ground up – dealing with phone calls and news releases, monitoring news bulletins, compiling news diaries, basic news-writing skills, compiling biographies and assisting reporters with research.

News Intern

Positions are available in AAP newsrooms in Perth, Adelaide, Melbourne, Brisbane and at the head office in Sydney. Successful applicants will join the News Discovery team, where they will learn the crafts of online research, data mining, video sourcing, reporting and news writing. There will also be legal training.


AAP’s highly-regarded 12-month cadetship program offers comprehensive training in all the skills necessary for journalists in the digital age, while emphasising the traditional virtues of accuracy, speed, shorthand, ethical reporting, clear writing and good grammar. Cadets must achieve 120 words per minute in Teeline shorthand to graduate.

What we look for 

Competition for training positions is fierce, and the standard of applicants exceptional. AAP looks for trainees with a keen interest in hard news, from finance to politics, and lighter news too, such as entertainment and general human interest.

To demonstrate enthusiasm and competency, the applicant should be able to present a good body of published work, particularly that which demonstrates aptitude with hard news, and which shows some involvement in breaking news. The work should ideally include that accepted by mainstream publications and/or broadcasters and online services.

A curriculum vitae should also show evidence the applicant is a self-starter.

For a cadetship, a history of intern placements or work experience at a range of respected media organisations and a current driver’s licence is a prerequisite.

The Sydney-based program draws on the combined experiences of senior editorial staff, in a series of lectures, practical work and field trips, with regular skills workshops from AAP’s training editor.

Cadets are shown how to write fast and tight, keeping in mind AAP’s intense time pressures in getting the story out first. Our main editorial principle is constantly reinforced: speed is essential but accuracy is more important.

The program also features training in court reporting, legal issues and filing technologies and there is a particular focus on multi-media, with AAP reporters now expected to file not only fast-moving text but also images, audio and video.

During the year, cadets will be rotated through reporting disciplines including general reporting, finance, politics, courts, entertainment, sport and racing. Underpinning the program are intensive weekly lessons in teeline shorthand, in which cadets must achieve 120 words per minute to graduate.

University Internships

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AAP offers a limited number of internship placements to final-year students of university journalism degree courses. The internships are a single placement over five consecutive days, in the reporting bureau of the candidate’s home city. They are designed for final-year journalism university students who seriously intend to follow a career in journalism, so the student can experience some of the realities of a fast-paced, breaking-news environment.

The internships are available only to students attending Australian universities and who are Australian citizens or who have permanent residency status.

Eligible interns should demonstrate a keen interest in and knowledge of news and current affairs. Assessments of an intern’s work during the placement can count towards an application for an AAP trainee position.

Please note that due to high demand, placements are not available for secondary school students or to graduates of university journalism degree courses.

AAP dress code is business attire or smart casual but precludes denim.


Eligible students seeking a placement must apply in writing to this email address attaching proof of university enrolment as a journalism undergraduate.

Additionally, the student must attach the Certificate of Currency (otherwise known as Certificate of Insurance), outlining the university’s current Public & Product Liability Insurance as well as Personal Accident Insurance policy details.

For the avoidance of doubt, this is a bona fide document on the insurer’s letterhead which shows information including policy number, the name of the university (and/or individual) insured, period of cover, territorial limits, liability limit and scope of cover.

The student’s university administrators can help with facilitating this document. Please note, general insurance-related letters on university letterhead are not acceptable. The applicant’s name should be included in the subject line of the email.