The John Schofield Trust runs an acclaimed mentoring scheme giving sixth form students in social mobility "cold spots" the chance to get into journalism. Now we need support to make this scheme national and expand to Scotland, Northern Ireland, NE and NW England for the first time.
It ran from 12:00 PM, 30 November 2021 to 12:00 PM, 7 December 2021
Registered Charity in England and Wales (1061065)
People from marginalised backgrounds struggle to get into journalism because of structural disadvantage - economic, social or otherwise. This is a problem for us all because news programmes made by a small proportion of society cannot give a full picture of our society, and our democracy and civic culture suffers as a result. Our online mentoring scheme is acclaimed and breaks down barriers to entry. We want to roll it out nationally so we can help many more of tomorrow's journalists.
We increase the human capital (skills, experience and knowledge) and social capital (connections, networks) of our mentees through personal mentoring, industry focussed masterclasses and networking opportunities. The make up of our mentoring programme leads the industry in diversity and inclusion. We are nurturing talent that can make our newsrooms more diverse in future, creating a pipeline of future role models from all backgrounds.We now want to expand our programme to the whole UK.
I have seen our students flourish and develop through being involved with the mentoring scheme and would say that in my 34-year career as an English teacher it has been one of the most transformational enrichment activities I have been involved with.
I cannot overemphasise the significance of this opportunity, especially for someone such as myself who otherwise would have never known that their passion and interest could become a reality.
The scheme has definitely made me seriously consider journalism as a career. It’s made my future look clearer. The best thing about my experience was the insight about the day-to-day of being a journalist.
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