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...

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!

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...

8 Oct 2018

We are fortunate to have the generous support of CNN, Martin Lewis of MoneyExpertSaving.com, Sky News and Vodafone.

But if we are to succeed in our mission to unlock social mobility across the UK news industry, we will need a sustained funding base.

Our income comes solely from our fundraising. We don’t charge any application or joining fees to our participants. All mentors and speakers at our events are volunteers.

Our goal is to s...

8 Oct 2018

We are excited that, in partnership with Brightside, we have launched an online mentoring scheme for 17-year-olds living and/or studying in disadvantaged areas. The scheme will give sixth form students a flavour of what it’s really like to work in the news industry. We have designed activities about the news industry and created a library of resources, including clips of past participants on our face-to-face mentoring scheme explaining...

11 Jan 2017

Would you like to be mentored by an experienced journalist? Whether you are a graduate in the early stages of your professional career in a broadcast newsroom, an apprentice on a recognised journalism apprenticeship scheme, or someone who has not had the opportunity to go to university but is following a career in journalism, our mentoring scheme re-opens for applications on 1st March 2017. More details available then. 

12 Dec 2016

.... current mentee and BBC apprentice Rachel Coburn who was awarded apprentice of the year at the NCTJ Awards for Excellence. Rachel was chosen for her outstanding exam results and the high quality of her professional conduct and the standard of her skills and ability in the newsroom. A big well done also goes to mentee and Sky apprentice Kirsty Hickey who was also nominated. 

Congratulations also go to current mentor and BBC political...

29 Oct 2015


It was great to see so many of our current and past mentors and mentees at our annual gathering to celebrate the work of the John Schofield Trust.


The Trust is lucky to have mentees and mentors from a wide selection of broadcasters all present on the night, including the BBC, Sky News, Channel 4, ITV News, Al Jazeera, Bloomberg and 5 News, along with companies such as Globelynx, Reuters and AP. In the words of our host, Sky News prese...

11 Sep 2015


John Schofield (1965-1995) would have been 50 years old today. We miss him and thank everyone who supports the Trust in his memory.

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