About the Scheme

The Journalism Diversity Fund internship scheme aims to provide recipients with a 1-3 month work experience placement at a regional newspaper in order to gain hands-on experience within the industry. Successful applicants will have the opportunity to put the journalism skills learned on their NCTJ-accredited course into practice by being part of a busy regional newsroom.

We want to give our bursary recipients the opportunity to take the first step onto the career ladder, while providing the industry with highly trained, diverse graduates who will reflect the communities which they serve.

Creative Access will provide match-funding for interns from black, Asian and ethnic minority (BAME) backgrounds.

Benefits to interns

  • Practical experience in a working newsroom
  • Access to experienced journalists and news editors
  • Opportunity to develop a portfolio of professional clippings
  • A bursary equivalent to the national living wage or London living wage as appropriate

Benefit to employers

  • Source of highly motivated pre-professionals
  • Interns bring a source of new ideas and different perspectives
  • Access to quality candidates for temporary/freelance positions
  • Cost effective way to recruit and evaluate potential employees

The following news organisations have already joined the scheme:


Local World: Sevenoaks Chronicle, Nottingham Post

Tindle Newspapers: South London Press

Trinity Mirror: Buckinghamshire Examiner

Application Process

Applicants MUST have achieved the NCTJ Gold Standard (A-C grades in all modules and 100wpm shorthand) to be eligible to apply

Recipients should submit a covering letter and CV to Benjy Wilson, NCTJ Training, The New Granary, Station road, Newport, Essex, CB11 3PL.  Email: benjy.wilson@nctj.com

Your application will then be forwarded to the relevant organisation.


If you are are newspaper, magazine or broadcaster interested in providing subsidised internships, please contact Lisa Nelson at lisa.nelson@nctj.com