UPDATE 19 MAY 2020

You may have seen that we opened our application round in March for the next early career mentoring scheme. However, given COVID-19, we have revised our plans and are delaying the 2020-21 scheme by six months, i.e. we will invite applications in the autumn with a view to start the next mentoring scheme in January 2021. If you have already applied you do not need to re-apply. We asked current mentors and mentees if they would continue their mentoring remotely for an extra six months to support their mentees during these difficult days and months. We are delighted to report that nearly all have agreed and, for the small number of mentees whose mentors are unable to extend their mentoring until the end of the year, we have assigned them to new mentors. 

To be considered as a possible mentee on the John Schofield Trust mentoring scheme, you need to meet the following criteria:

 

  • You must be working as a journalist in the UK, either employed or freelance. More details here

  • Candidates are expected to be in their first few years of professional life within broadcast and/or online journalism.

  • The scheme is not designed to help those who are still in full-time education.

  • You must agree that you will use the mentoring scheme for its proper purposes, and not abuse the contact with the mentors, who are helping us voluntarily.

 

This year we are also offering places to individuals who are currently on an apprenticeship or non-graduate employee training scheme. You must be 18 or over.More details here.

 

Being a John Schofield Trust mentee will put you in direct contact for a year with some of the leading journalists in British broadcasting. To help us make a fair selection from the applicants, we need you to provide three things:

 

1. Please explain why you think you would benefit from the John Schofield Trust mentoring scheme (maximum 200 words).

 

2. We would like you to tell us about one story or assignment in your career so far where you have made a significant contribution to your employer’s news coverage. Tell us what your role was, and how you rose to the challenge. If you are an apprentice give examples of two stories you have worked on and what you have learnt. This needs to be no longer then 250 words.

 

If you are an apprentice give examples of two stories you have worked on and what you have learnt. For example, this might be something gained during work experience, a work related project which has been assessed as part of your apprenticeship or a blog post you have written.  Please limit yourself to 250 words.

 

3. We would like to see a supportive testimonial from an established senior journalist or journalism tutor – it might be a senior reporter, the editor of a publication you have worked on, or someone who has taught you on a recognised and accredited journalism course.

 

The selection panel is made up of the trustees and supporters of the Trust.

 

How to apply

Being a mentee

Being a John Schofield Trust mentee will put you in direct contact for a year with some of the leading journalists in British broadcasting.

 

It will help you with developing skills, both professional and personal, in a structured way based on individual needs.

‘John was a very fine journalist indeed. He had a natural gift for reporting, and had made a great reputation for himself here at the BBC. He is, and will be, missed by a very wide circle of friends and admirers both within News & Current Affairs, and at ITN too. I hope we can do something to ensure his memory, and all he stood for, lives on.’

 

Tony Hall, the then Managing Director, News & Current Affairs, BBC

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