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6 Dec 2019

 Clive Myrie, guest speaker at our annual reception (Photo: Emily Pringle)

It’s always fantastic to catch up with both past and present mentees and mentors who work in newsrooms in every region of the UK. The John Schofield Trust is now in its seventh year of mentoring journalists in the early stages of their careers. We had our annual reception recently, and we caught up with several of them during the evening.

Alex Collins, mentee 2014...

At the end of each annual mentoring scheme, the John Schofield Trustees survey the mentees and mentors to find out what they thought of the experience and to try to find ways of making the scheme better.

In 2018/19, thirty mentoring pairs took part in the scheme. Of the 30, 24 mentees were already working in the industry – most of them in the first five years of their journalism career. The remaining six were apprentices at the BBC, Sky...

The BBC’s Matthew Price mentored Amy Sutton, ITV’s new digital producer at Tyne Tees and the digital lead for ITV in the North East and North Yorkshire, over the last year. They both learnt a lot through a new approach to mentoring that could help all newsrooms reflect their audiences better.

It was like coming home. The wheels squealed as the train slowed high up over the water. The sun had just burnt off the last morning cloud above t...

24 Jun 2019

Our 2019-20 mentoring year began with a welcome reception for all our new mentees and mentors. It was fantastic to welcome back the outgoing 2018-19 cohort and hear how well their mentoring had gone and to pass on some top tips to the incoming group. New mentees were encouraged to drive the mentoring process and to speak up as to where they want help from their mentor. 

Mentees this year come from all the major broadcasters and are base...

1 Mar 2019

 Photo: Richard Kendal / RTS Television Journalism Awards 2019.

Huge congratulations to our former mentee and Channel 4 News reporter Anja Popp for winning the RTS Young Talent of the Year award on Wednesday evening. 

Anja said, "It was really flattering to be put forward by Channel 4 News in the first place, and even nicer to have been selected by fellow journalists outside of the programme. The mentoring and connections I mad...

24 Feb 2019

At the end of 2018, we ran a 12-week online mentoring scheme with Brightside for Year 12 [Lower Sixth] students who live and/or work in disadvantaged areas to encourage them to consider the news industry as a career. For our pilot, we focused the scheme on three regions: Falmouth, Nottingham and Sheffield. The scheme ran from September-December and involved students carrying out journalism-based activities and chatting online to their...

18 Dec 2018

Many congratulations to our trustee Kate Riley who completed the Thames Meander Half Marathon in two hours and twenty minutes. This was a fantastic result and we are very grateful to everyone who sponsored Kate. In total she raised just over £2,000. The money will go towards continuing the mission of the John Schofield Trust to combat social mobility in UK newsrooms. Well done Kate!

 Sky News digital apprentice Christopher Iddon (left) with fellow apprentice Conor Creamer.

The special part as an apprentice is seeing everything happen whichever part of the team I shadowed.

As part of generation Z it was the mobile team I enjoyed best where I can see our content uploaded and ‘dressed’ which is part of the language for Sky News.  

It is the narrative of a story like headline and making sure any images are suitable...

"I’ve wanted to be a journalist since I was fifteen years old but I’ve had a passion for radio since I was a child. I’d record my own radio shows and interviews on an old cassette recorder with my younger brother and loved being able to listen back to our ‘shows’.

As I grew older, I had a real passion for documentaries and I was inspired by the likes of Louis Theroux and Stacey Dooley, a working class journalist who was from my home tim...

19 Oct 2018

 "I’m a black girl from South East London. I am the child of immigrants. I have a vagina and boobs. I was raised in a working-class family. I can be loud, opinionated, and outspoken. These elements have made me the person and journalist that I am today. And I am proud of that. But these are also the elements that the media industry would turn its nose up to. These are the elements they didn’t want. They didn’t want those perspectives a...

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