6 Jul 2020

One of our current mentees, Simon O’Leary (pictured), has made a film about the mental and emotional strain of lockdown. In it he interviews the families and friends of Ben Brown (22) and Daniel Furniss (34) who both took their own lives during lockdown, as well as staff at mental health charities.

Simon reports that ‘charities are warning of a looming mental health crisis as the lockdown is eased. There are fears a “tidal wave” of pati...

1 Jul 2020

The BBC Washington DC and World Online journalist, Helier Cheung, led our most recent masterclass for mentees and spoke about how to take the first steps into a career in reporting the news overseasPast mentee, Amy Sutton, was an avid listener and took notes for us....

Just over two years ago, I ticked a box titled 'Interested in reporting on the road or overseas' on my application form to become a mentee of the John Schofield Trust....

22 Jun 2020

Former mentee, Shaunagh Connaire, has spent the last two years working on a major investigation into the US opioid epidemic. Now based in the US, Shaunagh writes:

'In a magazine story and a documentary, we take a deep dive into Insys, where executives were the first to be sentenced to prison time for their role in the opioid epidemic. Wall Street ignored the warning signs, seeing a potential fine as a cost of doing business. Insys was t...

11 Jun 2020

Following trustee Matt Peacock’s fascinating corporate investigations talk at the John Schofield Trust’s masterclass in February (pictured below), a queue of eager journalists - myself included - formed, prioritising their questions over their stomachs that lunchtime.

As the coronavirus pandemic has shifted much of work and life online, it seems apt that Matt’s latest talk for the Trust focused on how businesses will cope in a post-Covi...

10 Jun 2020

We are proud to report that Anand Shukla, the outgoing CEO of Brightside, has joined our board as a trustee.

In 2018, the John Schofield Trust commissioned the mentoring charity, Brightside, to host our online scheme for sixth formers. Since then, we have worked closely with Anand, who brings 10 years’ experience of leading organisations which focus on education, social mobility and childcare. Anand’s insight and understanding of social...

7 Jun 2020

Channel 5's Royal Correspondent, Simon Vigar, is a long-serving volunteer with the John Schofield Trust. He has mentored no fewer than five young journalists: Caron Bell, Georgia Coan, Sara Hemrajani, Dominic Johnson, and Simon O'Leary. In this video, he explains what motivates him to be a volunteer. 

Simon says, 'Early on in my career in local radio... I was very lucky to have two or three unofficial mentors who encouraged me...

7 Jun 2020

Completing our series of posts for Volunteers’ Week, we conclude with two of Simon Vigar’s mentees, Georgia Coan and Simon O’Leary, explaining how they have benefited from Simon’s commitment to the John Schofield Trust mentoring scheme. 

Freelance broadcast journalist, Simon O'Leary, tells us that:  

'Simon showed me so much support and kindness during my menteeship. He’s helped give me clarity when I’ve felt a little...

6 Jun 2020

When I returned to work from having the first of my three children in 1995, I was one of the first part-time working mothers in my newsroom. I well remember the loneliness of trying to juggle work and home life and not feeling that I could admit the difficulties I faced. Of feeling different from most of my colleagues. How I wish I’d had a mentor then who could have encouraged and advised me.

I know the powerful support that John Schofi...

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...

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