Supporting the Trust

We are looking for supporters to help us give more talented young journalists the chance to develop their career through our mentoring scheme.


The John Schofield Trust relies on income from grants, sponsorship and charitable donations. Every donation received enables the Trust to help support young journalists. We want to expand the mentoring scheme in the future to help more young journalists but to do this we will need more funding. If you are able to help, please contact the Trust's Manager Catherine Farmer.


The Trust is grateful to BBC News, CNN, ITV News, Sky News, Vodafone as well as Martin Lewis and Robin Lustig for funding our mentoring work. Sir Harvey McGrath, Chair of Big Society Capital and Chair of Governors of Birbeck College, University of London, has also kindly agreed help fund the Trust. Sir Harvey said, “I am very pleased to support this initiative which does so much to widen access to journalism and in the name of a quite remarkable and courageous young man”.

The Trust is very grateful for the continued support of our friends and colleagues throughout British journalism who support our work. 

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Why a memorial?

John Schofield was a much loved and respected young journalist. His death was mourned in newsrooms throughout the world.


John is remembered as a welcoming and supportive colleague in an industry which is notoriously hard to break into. John’s widow, family and friends wanted to commemorate John in a meaningful way which would reflect his friendly and generous spirit.

Sky News is an unrivaled, world class breaking news service with a spirit of innovation and a fresh approach to news broadcasting. As the UK’s first dedicated 24-hour news channel, Sky News has built a deserved reputation for being the first to break major news as well as offering insight and analysis on the latest stories.


Sky News is renowned for the speed of its coverage and flexibility of reporting news live across all its platforms – TV, mobile, online, radio and iPad. Sky News reaches over 107 million homes across 118 countries around the world.

Martin Lewis OBE is an award-winning campaigning TV and radio presenter, newspaper columnist and author. An ultra-specialised journalist, in 2003 he founded, which has nearly 10,000,000 users a month, and remains its Executive Chairman, working with the team, writing some of the guides, and being a money-saving pedant.

He has his own ITV programme, The Martin Lewis Money Show, is often credited as the "big gob in chief" behind campaigns to reclaim bank charges, PPI and council tax, was awarded an OBE for services to consumer rights and charitable services in June 2014 and topped The Grocer's 2011 Retail Power 100 list. He also has an honorary doctorate from Chester University, has featured in a top 40 bank charges protest single and, according to Google, was again the UK's most searched-for British man in 2013.

CNN Worldwide is a portfolio of more than two-dozen news and information services across cable, satellite, radio, wireless devices and the Internet in more than 200 countries worldwide.


In the US, CNN reaches more individuals on television, the web and mobile devices than any other TV news organization. Internationally, CNN is the most widely distributed news channel reaching more than 260 million households abroad; and, the CNN Digital Network is consistently the No.1 current events and news destination on the web.


CNN International is the most watched global 24-hour news network. CNN International can be seen in more than 260 million television households in more than 200 countries and territories through a network of 38 satellites. 


Additionally, CNN Newsource is the world's most extensively utilized news service partnering with hundreds of local and international news organizations around the world. CNN is division of Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., a Time Warner Company.

BBC News is recognised around the world for its independence, impartiality and integrity. In the UK, BBC news reaches 41 million people in the UK – that’s 81% of the adult population – every week on radio, television and online. Flagship programmes like Today, the News at Ten, the News Channel, News Online, Newsnight and Panorama strive to bring an unparalleled level of coverage and analysis to news, business, politics and current affairs.


The BBC’s 40 local radio stations now consistently reach more than seven million listeners across the UK. Globally, the World Service, BBC World News and reach more than 240 million people in around 200 countries and territories.

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