The John Schofield Trust welcomes the announcement to be made by Lord Hall of Birkenhead, BBC Director-General, this week to launch two new schemes to increase social mobility in BBC newsrooms. The John Schofield Trust has been working hard to increase social mobility in all broadcast newsrooms through its mentoring schemes. It recognised three years ago that those in the early stages of their journalism career were from privileged backgrounds, many coming from a private school background and going on to top Russell Group universities, followed by expensive masters degrees. The John Schofield Trust has researched the problem extensively and challenged all broadcasters to do more.
In September this year, the John Schofield Trust will be partnering with Brightside, a charity which makes all young people achieve great things through online mentoring. We are working together to design a scheme for some of the most disadvantaged school students in the country, starting with schools in Cardiff, Nottingham and Falmouth. The John Schofield Trust will use its pool of mentors who come from all the main broadcasters in the UK, including the BBC, Sky News, ITN, C4 and CNN.
We would like to thank all those who continue to help the John Schofield Trust, especially our funders Sky News, CNN, Vodafone and journalist and founder of MoneySavingExpert.com, Martin Lewis.