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UntitledThe NLA media access Ltd was established by the UK ‘s national newspapers in 1995 to manage copyright collection. It authorises paper and digital copying on behalf of national, regional and international newspapers, including 1300 in the UK , for over 6000 corporate clients. At the launch of the Journalism Diversity Fund, at the Society of Editors’ conference in 2005, the NLA pledged to support the ongoing development and financing of the fund.


Associated_newspapers_logo3Associated Newspapers Limited (ANL) is the management company for five major newspapers – Daily Mail,The Mail on Sunday, Evening Standard, London Metro, Ireland on Sunday and the advertising publication Loot. Established in 1905, it is a subsidiary of the Daily Mail and General Trust plc (DMGT). Associated Newspapers Limited is based in Kensington and also has responsibility for Harmsworth Quays, the London Docklands plant at which it produces all London, south of England and south Wales editions of the titles.

Press AssociationThe Press Association (PA) is the national news agency for the UK and Ireland and a leading multimedia content provider across web, mobile, broadcast and print. For the last 145 years PA has been providing fast, accurate feeds of text, data, photos and video. Today the business is increasingly focused on the delivery of complete products for both digital and print clients.

Their services include live coverage of news, sport and entertainment, as well as bespoke content marketing solutions for non-media clients. PA’s customers span all major UK print, broadcast and digital media; rights holders; leading brands and corporates; and the public sector.

The Press Association runs a black and minority ethnic bursary scheme, supported by the Journalism Diversity Fund. More information on this scheme is available here.

sky_logo_copy[1]Sky believes it is important that the programmes it makes feel representative for all its viewers. That’s why it is continually challenging itself to increase diversity on and off screen with Sky Sports and Sky News playing leading roles.  Sky has also announced new targets to improve the representation of black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) people across its entertainment channels, working with the independent production sector to seek out and nurture new talent.  These build on Sky’s company-wide commitment to diversity, including the Sky News work placement scheme, which is only open to people from a BAME group or from economically disadvantaged backgrounds.

Sky is the UK and Ireland’s leading home entertainment and communications company, with around 40% of homes choosing Sky for its range of TV, broadband and home telephony services. Sky is the UK’s biggest investor in television content, investing more than £2.6 billion a year in its channels, with around two-thirds of Sky’s content spend invested in the UK.  Sky also offers its customers innovative ways to watch, whether that’s Sky+; Sky Go on the move; or HD and 3D.  Sky is also the UK’s fastest-growing home communications company.

The Financial Times is one of the world’s leading business news organisations, recognised internationally for its authority, integrity and accuracy. Providing essential news, comment, data and analysis for the global business community, the FT has a combined paid print and digital circulation in excess of 805,000. Mobile is an increasingly important channel for the FT, driving more than half of total traffic.

Our supporters

logo finalThe National Council for the Training of Journalists (NCTJ) is recognised inside and outside the media industry as the primary body for developing qualified journalists. The Journalism Diversity Fund is managed and administered on behalf of the industry by the NCTJ.


lo_society_of_editorsThe Society of Editors has more than 400 members in national, regional and local newspapers, magazines, broadcasting and new media, journalism education and media law. It campaigns for media freedom, self regulation, the public’s right to know and the maintenance of standards in journalism.

guardian_logoGuardian News & Media (GNM) is the publisher of the award winning newspapers the Guardian and the Observer as well as theguardian.com website.

SCOTT_TRUST_LOGO_blue_rgbThe Scott Trust was created in 1936 to safeguard the journalistic freedom and liberal values of The Guardian. Its core purpose is to preserve the financial and editorial independence of The Guardian in perpetuity, while its subsidiary aims are to champion its principles and to promote freedom of the press in the UK and abroad. The trust also offers bursaries to assist students who face financial difficulty in attaining the qualifications for a career in media. The aim is to encourage graduates from diverse social and ethnic backgrounds to apply.


observerThe UK’s most popular on-line newspaper. GNM is owned by The Scott Trust which preserves its editorial independence in perpetuity and enables GNM to achieve its position as one of the world’s leading liberal voices. GNM is committed to addressing diversity issues and is proud to have been awarded the Race for Opportunity Gold Award for the past two years.


News_UK_LogoNews UK is the main UK subsidiary of News Corporation. News Corporation is the world’s leading publisher of English-language newspapers, with operations in the UK, Australia, Fiji, Papua New Guinea and the US. The Company publishes more than 175 different newspapers, employing approximately 15,000 people worldwide and printing more than 40 million papers a week.

NEWS ACADEMY LOGONews Academy is an initiative of News UK which supports young aspiring journalists. They invite students aged between 16 – 18 to attend conferences across the UK and send experienced journalists to schools and colleges to develop a better understanding of professional journalism. Students who shine at these events could be invited to attend a free week-long intensive training programme at the News Academy Summer School.

Pearson_key_cmykPearson is an international media company with market-leading businesses in education, business information and consumer publishing. With more than 32,000 employees based in 60 countries, Pearson is a large family of businesses that are alike in sharing the same aim: a focus on making the reading and learning experience as enjoyable and as beneficial as it can possibly be.

They recruit annually for their internship programme for UK graduates from visible ethnic minority backgrounds. See here for details and an application form.

talkSPORT_football_NoFreq_RGBtalkSPORT is the world’s biggest sports radio station and is Global Audio Partner of the Premier League. The station is an official broadcaster of the Barclays Premier League, the 2014 FIFA World Cup, the FA Cup, England football internationals and the Capital One Cup. talkSPORT is available on 1089/1053AM, on digital radio, on mobile and online at talkSPORT.com

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Charity MyBigCareer aims to break down barriers to social mobility by providing free, high-quality careers guidance to disadvantaged young people, including levelling the playing field for access to professions such as journalism, medicine and law. All its advisors, mentors and speakers are experienced professionals in their fields who volunteer their time and expertise to help students in some of the UK’s most deprived areas reach their full potential.

One World Media is a non-profit organisation that supports international journalism and promotes media coverage of global issues. For nearly 30 years they have been working with partners in the UK and internationally to enable media that informs and connects the world’s people.

Our contributors

creative_access_logo[1]Creative Access provides opportunities for paid internships in the creative industries for talented young people from under represented black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) backgrounds, with a view to improving their chances of securing full-time jobs and, in the longer term, increasing diversity and addressing the current imbalance in the sector. Every candidate is given a senior mentor for the duration of their internship and participates in a training programme both prior to and during their internship. Creative Access enjoys relationships with leading companies across the creative industries and is able to offer 6 – 12 month internships in television (broadcast and production), film, music, publishing, PR, journalism and more.

Creative Access provide match-funding for participants on the Journalism Diversity Fund internship scheme from black, Asian and ethnic minority (BAME) backgrounds.

Our champions

The following journalists/editors have participated in the selection process:

Dotun Adebayo, presenter, BBC Radio 5 Live; Asad Ahmad, newsreader, BBC; Tokunbo Ajasa-Oluwa, GoThinkBig; Foluke Akinlose, founder, Precious Online; Chinwe Akomah, reporter, Post Magazine; Jayne Atherton, business and personal finance editor, Metro UK; Kurt Barling, special correspondent, BBC; Tui Benjamin, news editor, Mercury Press; Dave Betts, senior home news editor, Sky News; Craig Bloomfield, features editor, talksport.co.uk; Caroline Bloomer; freelance journalist; Henry Bonsu, director and presenter, Lucy Bulmer, freelance journalist; Hugh Carnegy; Ian Carter, editorial director, Kent Messenger Group; Colin Channon, editor-in-chief, Sussex Newspapers West; Mary Cherowbrier, journalism trainer; Marverine Cole, freelance journalist and broadcaster; Brian Dodds, editor, Harborough Mail; Cathy Duncan, assistant editor, South Wales Evening Post; Paul Durrant, freelance journalist and trainer; Colourful Radio; Brenda Emmanus, entertainment correspondent, BBC;Steven English, digital marketing manager, Lotus Formula 1 team; Alan Geere; editorial director, Northcliffe Media South East; Jason Gibbins, editor, Banbury Guardian; Bryony Gordon, features writer and columnist, The Daily Telegraph; Liz Griffin, former editor, Hereford Times; Joseph Harker, assistant comment editor, The Guardian; Colleen Harris, specialist journalist, BBC English Regions; Afua Hirsch, legal affairs correspondent, The Guardian; Barry Hunt, commercial editor, Archant Herts and Cambs; Roger Kasper, editor, Sevenoaks Chronicle; Dave King, head of news, Sussex Newspapers; Anne Kenward, resourcing consultant, Guardian News & Media; Janine La Rosa, diversity manager, BSkyB; Dan Lee, journalism trainer; Faith Lee, freelance trainer; Geoff Martin, group editor, Archant; Donna McConnell, showbusiness editor, Mail Online; Maurice Mcleod, director, Marmoset Media; Malik Meer, editor, G2; Yasir Mirza, head of diversity, Guardian News & Media; Lisa Mitchell, head of production, Press Association; Hugh Muir, diary editor, The Guardian; Vikki Orvice, sports writer, The Sun; Kate O’Toole, former Scott Trust co-ordinator; Ian Patel, editor, Kent on Sunday; Dominic Ponsford, editor, Press Gazette; Andy Rayfield, PR representative, Maxim; Alice Ryan, content editor, Cambridge Magazines; Marcus Ryder, current affairs editor, BBC Scotland; Bob Satchwell, executive director, Society of Editors; Amar Singh, senior reporter, London Evening Standard; Vijay Sharma, former head of Asian Network, BBC; Haroon Siddique, news reporter, The Guardian; Anne Spackman, comment editor, The Times; Keith Stafford, director, The Financial Journalism Co. Ltd; Laurie Tucker, day editor, Sky Sports News; Cheryl Varley, talent development manager, BBC; Andy Veale, group editor, Archant; Hannah Walker, editor, South London Press; Charlene White, journalist and newsreader,ITV; Leo Whitlock, editor, Kentish Gazette and Haversham News; Doug Wills, managing editor, London Evening Standard; Gary Wright, journalist and media consultant.

How you can help

Each year we see increasing applications to the Journalism Diversity Fund which means that demands on the fund currently outstrip our resources. This means we rely on industry professionals to volunteer their time and expertise. Editors and senior journalists are always needed to shortlist applicants to the interview stage and also to sit on the panel which interviews applicants to the fund. All those that do participate in this process, find it an enjoyable and rewarding experience, and would urge other industry professionals to take part.

Furthermore, so the fund can continue to offer much needed help to socially and ethnically diverse students committed to a career in journalism, it is important that we build upon the current financial contributions. Each donation makes a significant contribution and allows us to help more diverse students start their journalism career and help diversify newsrooms across the country which are currently dominated by a ruling minority – the white upper and middle classes.

If you would like to help young people from diverse backgrounds start a career in journalism, or want more information, please ring 01799 544 014 or email journalismdiversityfund@nctj.com.