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26 Mar 2020

I hope you are all keeping well during the current COVID-19 crisis.
As a community of journalists, it is important to support each other especially if you are directly involved in covering COVID-19. Mentoring is at the heart of what we do, and we know how invaluable this is, especially now. We are encouraging our current cohort of mentees and mentors to remain in contact via Skype, email, phone, or whatever means possible while they...

29 Feb 2020

Congratulations to Sky News's Sports Correspondent, Martha Kelner, for winning this year's Young Talent of the Year award at the RTS's Television Journalism Awards ceremony. Martha was up against some stiff competition with nominees Ben Hunte of BBC News and Yousra Elbagir of ITN's Channel 4 News.

Martha said:

‘I’ve not been doing TV journalism for very long at all, just over a year; to be honoured with a nomination alongside the likes o...

Mentees hear from 5News Health Editor, Catherine Jones and her producer Rachel Lucas. Photo: Atif Rashid

Our masterclasses have long been a valued feature of our mentoring scheme for young journalists in the early years of their career. This year we tried something new, with our first full day of masterclass sessions held at BBC Broadcasting House in central London.

Bringing together a variety of experts in their field to inform and advi...

Staff and students at the University of Sheffield hosted an exciting ‘Journalism Taster Day’ for the Y12 John Schofield Trust mentees. The seven sixth form students visited the Department of Journalism Studies for a full day of workshops, an appropriate climax to their e-mentoring scheme.

The mentoring partnership between Brightside and the John Schofield Trust provides around 30 students from deprived backgrounds across the country wit...

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...

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