Media Placements

Below you will find details and an overview of each of the media placements for the 2024 academy.

When you apply, we will ask you if there is a specific area of the media you are interested in, so that we can ensure you are put forward to the most relevant placement.

If you are interested in every type of media, we will put your application forward for all the placements.

Organisation: Arena Racing Company

Length of placement: Eight weeks, located within commutable distance to at least one of our 16 racecourses located across the country. End-July – mid-September

Renumeration during placement: TBC

Number of placements offered: 1

Qualifications required: None

Key skills for placement: Passion, enthusiasm and a can-do attitude

Any other previous experience required: None

Any other desirables: Knowledge and interest of social media channels. Videography, editing and photography skills desirable

Placement overview

This placement with work predominantly within the Group Marketing team to help with social media content and PR for the Racing League and Cazoo St Leger Festival. As the largest racecourse Group in the UK operating 16 racecourses, this placement will focus on gaining ‘on the ground’ experience via attending racing fixtures across the country. The eight-week role will be tailored to the specific candidate’s skills and career aspirations. Opportunities include:
  • Producing social media content (video, photography, filming, interviews, written blogs)
  • Gaining operational raceday experience to understand how a racing fixture is staged
  • On course screen project to create a broadcaster brief PR opportunities – attending stable visits, writing press releases and written blog content
  • Possibility to spend time on the production desk with The Racing Partnership

Organisation: Ascot Racecourse

Length of placement: Seven weeks

Renumeration during placement: London Living Wage plus any expenses occurred on location

Number of placements offered: 1

Qualifications required: None

Key skills for placement: Knowledge of horse racing, in particular Flat racing and the international landscape. Strong writing and proofreading skills ideally and any experience filming and editing content for social media

Any other previous experience required: None

Any other desirables: Desire to learn and take on any task

Placement overview

Week 1: Introduction to Ascot and the business – inc May Racing Weekend (ALL)
Week 2: Royal Ascot media guide preparation (WA)
Week 3: Royal Ascot press accreditation and facilities planning (WA)
Week 4: Royal Ascot social media content planning (JW)
Week 5: Royal Ascot content filming and editing (JW)
Week 6: Final build up, pre Royal Ascot event (ALL)
Week 7: Royal Ascot (ALL)

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Organisation: Equine Productions

Length of placement: Three weeks

Renumeration during placement: National Minimum Wage plus accommodation costs covered during placement

Number of placements offered: 1

Qualifications required: No qualifications needed. All we require is someone that is passionate about racing/film making, with a hard working ethics and a desire for creativity

Key skills for placement: Experience with editing or cameras preferred but not necessary

Any other previous experience required: None

Any other desirables: An interest with racing or content creation

Placement overview

Equine Productions is an award winning independent productions company that creates content to promote the sport of horse racing and bring the creative and equine worlds together, to produce engaging content to inspire and motivate new audiences.

During your time in the placement with us you will work with several different parts of the business, working on creatives, editing, filming and possibly a day working with our JockeyCam team if the timing allows.

Organisation: Great British Racing 

Length of placement: Six weeks

Renumeration during placement: Paid but TBD

Number of placements offered: 1

Qualifications required: None

Key skills for placement: Knowledge of horseracing or passion for sport and an enthusiasm to consume news and sport through all types of media

Any other previous experience required: None

Any other desirables: Creativity / Proactive thinker / Desire to write / Storytelling

Placement overview

Week 1: Introduction to GBR

Week 2: Media pitching and press release writing

Week 3: Media event / filming planning, briefing documents and event co-ordination

Week 4: Campaign planning and brainstorming working with the digital and marketing team

Week 5: Campaign specific focus

Week 6: Event attendance and campaign support (using in the above experience/skills)

ITV Sport

Organisation: ITV Sport

Length of placement: Six weeks

Renumeration during placement: London Living Wage plus on location expenses

Number of placements offered: 1x Broadcast Production Assistant

Qualifications required: None

Key skills for placement: Knowledge and passion/interest for horse racing; computer literacy

Any other previous experience required: None

Any other desirables: An interest in Television Broadcast, enthusiastic, keen to learn

Placement overview

Week one: onboarding at ITV Sport

Week two: placement with live broadcast production team at ITV Sport office

Week three: placement with live broadcast production team on location

Week four: placement with live broadcast production team in office and on location

Week five: placement with live broadcast production team in office and on location

Week six: placement with live broadcast production team in office and on location

NB. As most racing takes place at weekends this placement will involve working weekends with some early starts.

Organisation: JockeyCam Ltd

Length of placement: 3 weeks

Renumeration during placement: National Living Wage

Number of placements offered: 1

Qualifications required: None

Key skills for placement: Excellent knowledge of the racing industry; excellent communication / people skills; basic computer skills

Any other previous experience required: None

Any other desirables: A love of racing, and an interest in sport generally, together with a passion for action cameras and tech. Ideas in which content can be enjoyed for audiences new and old

Placement overview

You would work across the JockeyCam business based at our office in Chepstow, being trained on how to work with our cameras, both JockeyCam and 360 VR, and the editing of the footage. Ideally this will lead to working with jockeys at racecourses, and potentially with other sports too.

The placement would also include how we put together risk assessments and plan for racedays and other events.

Organisation: JSC Comms

Length of placement: Six weeks

Renumeration during placement: Paid but TBD

Number of placements offered: 1

Qualifications required: None

Key skills for placement: Knowledge of horse racing and an enthusiasm to consume news and sport through all types of media

Any other previous experience required: None

Any other desirables: Creativity / Storytelling / Enthusiasm

Placement overview

Week one: Introduction to JSC Comms, the areas of business and its clients

Week two: Placement with videographers on location

Week three: Video editing

Week four: Social media and content creation

Week five: Client focus – Cazoo Derby

Week six: Talent management and representation

Organisation: Nick Luck Daily

Length of placement: Four weeks

Renumeration during placement: National Living Wage

Number of placements offered: 1

Qualifications required: None

Key skills for placement: Knowledge of horse racing and an enthusiasm to consume news and sport through all types of media

Any other previous experience required: None

Any other desirables: Creativity / Storytelling / Enthusiasm

Placement overview

The opportunity to work with Nick Luck Daily, where you will plan and work on editorial for race meetings, podcasts, social media and live events.

You will get the chance to meet leading industry professionals and work on strategies leading up to the major autumn international race meetings
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Organisation: RaceTech

Length of placement: Intermittent dates over a period of 3-6 weeks

Renumeration during placement: To be agreed with placement provider

Number of placements offered: 1

Qualifications required: Educated to GCSE level

Key skills for placement: A keen interest in Outside Broadcast, TV sports coverage, media technology

Any other previous experience required: A driving licence & use of a vehicle

Any other desirables: An interest in sports, media, technology

Placement overview

A general introduction to RaceTech’s multiple operations on racedays will be given, explaining the key roles and the unique requirements for working on Outside Broadcasts at racecourses. Health and Safety is a key part of training.

Work experience will include gaining an understanding of our operations by working alongside Camera crew, Directors, VT operators, Photo finish operators and Public Address engineer/operators.

Most of the learning to take place at racecourses although some time in our Media Department will also be available. A schedule of placement days will be arranged to suit the location of the intern.

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Organisation: Racing Post

Length of placement: Eight weeks

Renumeration during placement: Paid, but to be agreed

Number of placements offered: 1

Qualifications required: N/A, although A-level (or equivalent) in English desirable

Key skills for placement: Foundational racing knowledge; passion to learn more about the sport; interest in digital journalism; good standard of written English

Any other previous experience required: None

Any other desirables: Examples of creativity (creating content, e.g. for social media)

Placement overview

Indicative eight-week programme (example only):

Week one: introduction to the Racing Post

Week two: working with digital news creation teams

Week three: working with digital news creation teams

Week four: working with digital news production & tipping teams

Week five: working with social media team

Week six: working with video team

Week seven: project based on area of aptitude shown over prior six weeks

Week eight: further project work

This placement will take place principally at the Racing Post office on Stamford Street, London.

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Organisation: Racecourse Media Group

Length of placement: Five weeks

Renumeration during placement: £2,500 Total bursary + relevant expenses

Number of placements offered: 1

Qualifications required: None

Key skills for placement: If interested in an editorial role, then an interest and knowledge of horse racing is essential. For a more technical role, basic computer literacy

Any other previous experience required: None

Any other desirables: Keen, enthusiastic and full of ideas

Placement overview

Week one: Introduction to television production, spending time with each area of the gallery (directors / producers / graphics / sound / EVS / online team)

Week two: Editorial – the week is spent with an allocated Assistant Producer and will include filming, editing and a day with the presenters on course

After Week 2, we will decide with the internee which area they have seen they would like to see more of and then we will set the internee a project to complete in the remaining three weeks. Examples would be:-

If the interest is in filming, we would help them to produce their own 5 minute film that would be broadcast on the channel / online / social media.

If the interest were in presenting, we would assign one of our presenters as a mentor and give the internee some media training, with a view to appearing on the channel at the end of the three weeks.

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Organisation: Sky Sports Racing & At The Races

Length of placement: Six weeks

Renumeration during placement: Paid, but to be agreed with employer

Number of placements offered: 2

Qualifications required: N/A

Key skills for placement: Knowledge and passion for horse racing

Any other previous experience required: None

Any other desirables: An interest in broadcast or digital media

Placement overview

Week one: onboarding at Sky Sports and At The Races

Week two: placement with live broadcast production team at Sky Sports

Week three: placement with live broadcast production team on location

Week four: placement with features producer at Sky Sports

Week five: placement with social/digital team at At The Races

Week six: placement with the website team at At The Races

*Placement will be based at two separate locations, The Sky Sports campus in Osterley and Millbank Tower in Central London

Organisation: The Jockey Club

Length of placement: 4 weeks from July 4th, 2024 including 3 weekends Tuesday to Saturday working week

Renumeration during placement: Living wage plus travel expenses

Number of placements offered: 1

Qualifications required: No qualifications needed. All we require is someone that is passionate about racing/social media, with a good work ethic and a desire for creativity. An expectation to work outside of normal working hours and an expectation to travel

Key skills for placement: Awareness of all 5+ social media channels

Any other previous experience required: None

Any other desirables: An interest in racing or content creation

Placement overview

During the period of the placement there will be a need to be at The Coral Eclipse on 5th & 6th July at Sandown, The July Festival at Newmarket the following week and potentially either The Summer Plate (jumps) at Market Rasen, or Newmarket, where you will be helping with the social media content. This is a hybrid role and there will be a requirement when at home to attend a 10am creative meeting where tasks are allocated daily.

The Jockey Club has 50 social channels however the social team manage the main accounts and racecourse channels around key events, you will be expected to be an active member of this team.

The successful candidate will also have the opportunity to engage with other aspects of our media operations and business depending on their interests and aspirations.