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Candidate Stories: Jaber Mohamed at The Daily Mail

Creative Access helped Jaber secure a place on one of the best national newspaper trainee schemes in the country…

Jaber graduated from the University of Leeds with a degree in Medical Science. However, he always loved writing and decided instead of continuing down the science route, he would pursue his ambition of becoming a journalist. After completing a diploma in newspaper journalism he secured a job at a local newspaper in North London called the Haringey Independent. He met Creative Access CEO Josie Dobrin through his work and she encouraged him to apply for the Daily Mail trainee reporter scheme via Creative Access.

He said: “It was really easy and straight forward. The team at Creative Access offered me a lot of help when it came to getting me ready for my interview and put me in touch with senior journalists and former applicants who coached me so I felt confident throughout the process.”

After a gruelling and competitive application process, Jaber started at the Daily Mail in September 2014. He spent four months training with the paper’s Scottish edition in Glasgow he joined the Mail on Sunday news team in London. One of his highlights include going to Tunisia to report on the terror attack in Sousse in June 2015.

He said: “I was sent there with two other reporters and a photographer. While my colleagues were in hospitals interviewing the British victims, I was asked to track down the gunman’s family. After an exhausting five hours of driving from place to place we finally found the gunman’s family home in a remote town in the middle of nowhere. I was the first journalist to get a chat with the shooter’s uncle.”

After he completed his trainee year with the Daily Mail, Jaber was offered a job as a reporter at the Mail on Sunday. His internship made him a better writer and reporter. He got to work with some of the best journalists in the country and train with one of the nation’s biggest selling newspapers.

Jaber’s work did not go unnoticed; he was shortlisted for ‘Young Journalist of the Year Award 2015’ at the Press Awards. Despite not winning, it was a great achievement for him to be nominated and the team at Creative Access were extremely proud of him.

But it wasn’t just the internship that Jaber loved about Creative Access.

“I thought the masterclasses were fantastic. Honestly one of the best things about being a Creative Access intern is getting the chance to attend them and hear from some really amazing people in the media world.”