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...

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...

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...

7 Sep 2018

Now our 2018-19 mentoring scheme is well underway (see our welcome briefing held in June), we thought we would share what past mentees identified as the best take-aways from taking part in the scheme.

As part of our pioneer survey (see here), we asked what was the best lesson they learnt on our mentoring scheme. This is what they said:

1. 'Don’t be afraid to take a leap and put yourself forward for things. Resulted in working in DC on US...

19 May 2018

In the spring of 2018 we invited our pioneer mentees and mentors (those who were on the first two mentoring schemes back in 2012 and 2013) and past winners of the John Schofield Trust/RTS Journalist of the Year award to complete a survey asking them about their careers, the John Schofield Trust and what they see as the key challenges the UK news industry faces today. What they told us will help us in developing the schemes we run and i...

29 Nov 2017

We were delighted to have David Dimbleby join us last night  as a special guest at our annual reception at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development where we announced our new initiative with Brightside to promote social mobility in journalism. In September 2018 we will run an e-mentoring scheme for young people (ages 16-17) from disadvantaged backgrounds who are interested in a career in the news industry....

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