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.
I started the John Schofield Trust in 1996 to recognise young journalists. The Trust has come a long way since then with 22 journalists having been given the annual RTS/John Schofield Trust award for Young Journalists, and over 330 journalists taking part in our award-winning mentoring scheme since its inception in six years ago. Increasingly news networks and our trustees have become more concerned about the lack of social mobility amongst journalists - which is manifesting itself in a blinkered view. In short, we’re seeing fewer people from poorer backgrounds entering the industry. As a first step to unlock social mobility, we opened our mentoring scheme to journalist apprentices two years ago. But to make a real difference, we need to get involved in the process earlier.
Brightside is the UK’s biggest online mentoring organisation that supports 10,000 young people every year from disadvantaged backgrounds and connects them with mentors from a wide range of industries and universities that they might otherwise never encounter. Through this partnership with Brightside, our aim is to nurture the skills and ambitions of the young people we work with and provide practical advice and emotional support to help them fulfil their potential.
Working with Brightside we plan to expand the journalism mentoring project across the country. If you would like to find out more, please get in touch: firstname.lastname@example.org
Our new partnership with Brightside is a real step towards opening the door to the world of news to young people from diverse backgrounds.
We look forward to helping the next generation - regardless of their background - report tomorrow's news.
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