The Exclusives

A coveted job at one of the country’s biggest magazines is what all aspiring journalists are gagging for – and one of the rookies battling it out on The Exclusives will bag just that. After a nationwide search, six creative, hungry, talented candidates have been picked – and now it’s up to them to wow some of the biggest and best names in the business. After completing a series of meaty assignments  for top mags heat, Closer, more!, FHM, Empire and Kerrang!, just one of the lucky six will win a 12 month traineeship at Bauer Media.

Vote for your favourite Rookie

Stuart
Stuart
Christopher
Christopher
Hayley
Hayley
Sunny
Sunny
Felix
Felix
Ellie
Ellie

And the winner is… ELLIE!

She might have got a little stressed along the way, but Ellie Henman’s strong work ethic, oodles of creativity and cheeky interview skills eventually took her to victory. So now that she’s bagged a contract with Bauer, how does it feel? “I’m so excited,” she says. “It's like a dream come true. The competition throughout was so hard. It's crazy to look back at it now and think, ‘God I won it’.”

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The Rookies: Their best moments…

Every week on The Exclusives, the shows’ judges and mentors had to decide which candidate deserved to be crowned ‘rookie of the week’. Here, we look back at some of their highlights…

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Empire's top Done in 60 seconds videos

Every year, The Jameson Empire Awards honour some of the best Done in 60 seconds videos – the hilarious mini-movies – literally a famous film ‘done in sixty seconds’ - made by some extremely creative readers. Here are five of the best…

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How to write a brilliant film review

When the rookies were challenged to write for Empire, some of them fared better than others (in fact, some of them even got the name of the film they were writing about wrong – quite literally, a rookie mistake). Here, Empire magazine’s assistant editor Ian Freer gives his top five tips on getting it right…

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Heat's funniest shoots

This week, the rookies tried out their ever-increasing powers of persuasion on some unsuspecting celebrities – something the heat team has been doing in the name of entertainment for years. Here, we take you through a few of the mag’s most memorable shoots.

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All in a day's work...

As heat’s editor and a former TV presenter, Lucie Cave has rubbed shoulders with more stars than a cleaner at Madame Tussauds. Here she looks back on the maddest moments in her career so far…

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Never work with animals? Pah!

During their week at FHM, the rookies tried their best to get some unruly piggies and a lone guinea pig to work it for the camera – but they’re not the first furry friends to appear in the mag’s pages. Here are some other classic animal shoots from the magazine…

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Five things which make a magazine cover look amazing


FHM’s Deputy Editor and mentor to the rookies Dan Jude talks us through the best ways to make the mag fly off the shelves...

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Closer's best ever shoots

Closer's Assistant Editor, Ally Oliver, appeared on Episode 3 of The Exclusivestalking to the rookies about what it takes to create a truly memorable celebrity shoot for Closer magazine. Here, she picks her favourite shoots – sadly, the rookies’ attempt at organising a not-so-glamorous shoot for Chantelle Houghton and Alex Reid didn't quite make the cut...

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My Top Five Closer Moments

During episode three of The Exclusives, the rookies – and the viewing public – got an insight into what life is like on a busy weekly like Closer. Here, editor Lisa Burrow looks back on her top five career highlights at the helm of the hugely popular mag.

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10 Secret Rock Fans

When the rookies started work at Kerrang!, some of them were worried that they didn’t know enough about alternative music, but by the end of their assignments, they’d learned how to raaaaawk. And they’re in good company – check out our list of secret rock and metal fans…

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The 5 Things That Got Me From Amateur To Expert

In episode two of The Exclusive, Kerrang!'s writer, presenter and DJ extraordinaire Katie Parsons did her best to pass on her years of wisdom to the enthusiastic but inexperienced rookies. So, how did she turn her passion for rock into a career? Here are her top tips...

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More’s Man Hunt

For one of their very first assignments, episode one sees the six rookies accosting hot men in the street for a Brit-themed topless shoot with more! mag. For the real more magazine staff this kind of thing is par of the course and one of the favourite pages the writers on more’s feature’s desk puts together is the Men Overheard page. Here we take a look at some of the classics from the mag…

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Next episode on…

Episode 1

Thursday 17th May at 9pm ITV2

Episode 2

Thursday 24th May at 9pm ITV2

Episode 3

Thursday 31st May at 9pm ITV2

Episode 4

Thursday 7th June at 9pm ITV2

Episode 5

Thursday 14th June at 9pm ITV2

Episode 6

Thursday 21th June at 9pm ITV2

Episode 7

Thursday 28th June at 9pm ITV2

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