5 Jun 2020

To mark #VolunteersWeek, Julie Randles tells us about volunteering as a trustee for the John Schofield Trust

4 Jun 2020

In this, Volunteers Week, we are delighted to announce three additions to our board of trustees: Louise Hastings, Zaiba Malik and Dhruti Shah.

Louise Hastings has worked at Sky News for over 20 years and is now Managing Editor and part of the senior leadership team which sets the editorial and strategic direction of Sky News. Louise says 'I am dedicated to promoting inclusivity in our newsrooms so when I was invited to join the board of...

3 Jun 2020

In another article celebrating our volunteers in Volunteers’ Week, here we throw the spotlight on our online mentors.

I would have been so excited and grateful to have had the opportunity of being on the John Schofield Trust online mentoring scheme at their age…. I also think it’s a great opportunity to pass on some of the advice I’ve gained myself from my mentor through the Trust.’ – Online mentor

Our online mentoring scheme is a 12-we...

2 Jun 2020

Catherine Jones (L) and Rachel Lucas (R) speaking at a JST masterclass

In a series of posts to mark Volunteers’ Week, we celebrate the contribution a host of volunteers give to support the John Schofield Trust in our work to improve diversity in newsrooms. Without our volunteers we would be nothing.

172 senior journalists who mentor for us, many of whom have mentored more than once

‘I wanted to offer some of the support, guidance and enco...

1 Jun 2020

The Trust would be nothing without our volunteers. Since we set up our mentoring schemes in 2012, we have had 201 journalists volunteer their time as mentors. An impressive one-third of these have mentored more than once. In Volunteers’ Week, we thought we’d ask a few of our mentors on this year’s scheme why they volunteer…. 

Sarah Beale, producer at Channel 4 News (pictured left), tells us that she 'volunteered to be a John Schofield T...

1 Jun 2020

This week is Volunteers’ Week so we’ll be running a series of posts to thank our volunteers for the great work they do to help us improve diversity and inclusion in UK newsrooms. No fewer than 240 people volunteer as mentors, online mentors, trustees, advisers and speakers. We would like to thank them all: we’re nothing without our volunteers.

The latest session in our series of online masterclasses was the first to be hosted by one of our mentees. Visual journalist and TikTok star, Sophia Smith Galer led a Q+A session on using social media to gather and promote stories. It was also the first masterclass we opened up to the wider public, and we were thrilled that over 100 people registered to join the session.

Sophia opened it by asking everyone to share their social media ha...

15 May 2020

It was inspiring to hear writer and broadcaster Afua Hirsch talk about her experiences in journalism and the issue of diversity. Afua spoke of bringing her ‘whole self’ to her journalism, especially at the beginning of her career and wanting to tell untold stories.

She’s very open about how her identity has informed her perspective on life and explained how she has sometimes had to reconcile her personal values with reporting in a fair...

13 May 2020

We are delighted to report that in this year’s Drum Online Media Awards, our former mentee, Ayshah Tull of Channel 4 News, has won the Grand Prix/Journalist of the Year prize.

The judges said that 'Tull represents what the future of journalism in the UK should be: she engages a younger generation with the news; she finds and tells stories from communities that are often left out of the mainstream news narrative; and she does it all wit...

5 May 2020

As Covid-19 has forced much of life and work to migrate online, the new landscape has offered some silver linings. John Schofield Trust (JST) masterclasses from journalists around the world has got to be chief among them. 

Based in Washington DC, Hannah Long-Higgins is a senior video journalist with the BBC in the US and she kindly agreed to talk to a virtual huddle of past and present JST mentees about her work. While her day-to-day is...

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