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‘Ripping culture’ at national newspaper prompts most graduate trainees to leave for PR

The “ripping culture” at one national newspaper website has led to more than half its graduate trainee intake for the last two years abandoning journalism for PR.

This is what one verified source at the newsroom in question told me.

I’m not going to name the title because to do so might identify my source, and because the practices they highlight are apparently widespread on the web operations of some UK national newspapers.

The source painted a picture of a working life where journalists do little other than rejig the work of others, adding pictures, headlines and adjusting the copy to avoid falling foul of copyright laws.

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