Jon Snow speaks on behalf of the Trust about our plans to improve social mobility in journalism
On 14 June 2017 a tower block in west London caught fire. The Grenfell Tower tragedy revealed the inequality which exists in our society where many people reliant on the state for housing and safety reported feeling marginalised and ignored. The presenter of Channel 4 News, Jon Snow, described how those who survived were angry that we ‘"the media" didn’t come to Grenfell when residents said the building wasn’t safe “because it wasn’t newsworthy." He said he felt that he was on the wrong side of Britain’s social divide and that the media had become removed from ordinary people’s lives.
The John Schofield Trust aims to put social mobility at the heart of what we do in an effort to bridge such divides.
At our annual reception in November, we announced a new partnership with the mentoring charity Brightside, where we will work with students from deprived backgrounds from across the country. This scheme will start in September.
Here Jon has very kindly recorded his reasons for supporting the work of the John Schofield Trust.