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JDF mentoring – our experience

19 May 21

In addition to financial support, all Journalism Diversity Fund recipients are paired with a working journalist to mentor them for the duration of their studies. Launched in 2018, the mentoring scheme aims to help students  realise their true potential and be given a greater understanding of the journalism industry. We spoke to 2020-21 recipient Neha […]

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“The JDF gives diverse voices a shot, so make the most of it!”

10 Dec 20

– Jacqueline Shepherd, former JDF bursary recipient HUGE CONGRATULATIONS on being awarded the JDF bursary – and if you haven’t applied yet – what are you waiting for? You could be just what journalism needs at this pivotal time in society. My story isn’t your typical straight out of college looking for work account. I […]

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The rise against racism and creating lasting change – Jo Adetunji

1 Jul 20

By Jo Adetunji, deputy editor, The Conversation The killing of George Floyd in Minnesota in May sparked a wave of protests across the US, the UK and elsewhere. The conversation about structural racism in Britain has brought to the fore arguments over the place of statues in our civic life that commemorate those involved in […]

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How the JDF kick-started my career – Yusuf Khan, Wall Street Journal

31 Mar 20

To mark the 15th anniversary of the Journalism Diversity Fund, we will be sharing the stories of past bursary recipients throughout the year. Yusuf Khan received a bursary from the Journalism Diversity Fund (JDF) in 2018. He studied for his NCTJ Diploma in Journalism at Cardiff University and is now a reporter at the Wall […]

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JDF 15th anniversary – Q&A with April Roach

31 Mar 20

To mark the 15th anniversary of the Journalism Diversity Fund, we will be sharing the stories of past bursary recipients throughout the year. We spoke with April Roach, who studied for her diploma at PA training in 2017, gained her NQJ at the Romford Recorder in 2019, and is soon starting as a digital reporter at the Evening […]

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My mental health story and why it made me want to be a journalist

9 Oct 19

By Ryan Hesketh, JDF bursary recipient Trigger warning: mental illness, suicide My name is Ryan, and I am a journalist who has experienced both intergenerational, and personal, mental health crises. I am also a bursary recipient from the NCTJ’s Journalism Diversity Fund and right now it’s mental health awareness week in the UK. As such, […]

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My Claire Prosser bursary work placements

16 Aug 19

In under a year I’ve gone from an unemployed graduate to starting my dream job as a broadcast journalist and the Claire Prosser Bursary has played its part.

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What one year in journalism has taught me

1 Jul 19

This time last year I was watching The Fourth Estate on TV – a documentary following journalists working in a busy, fast-paced national newsroom. I kept imagining what it would be like to be in their shoes. They were right in the thick of it all – current affairs, investigations, breaking news – where I […]

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My Thomas Read bursary work placement with Sky Sports News

25 Jun 19

Back in September I was awarded the Thomas Read bursary by the JDF which allowed me to study at News Associates in London. As part of the bursary, two weeks work experience at Sky Sport News was included and I completed my placement there in April. After my induction to the Sky campus, which included […]

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How my persistence and determination led to invaluable opportunities

13 Jun 19

In order for newsrooms to best reflect our communities, it’s vital schemes such as the Journalism Diversity Fund exist. Having always wanted to be a journalist from as early as I can remember, when I left my comprehensive school the sudden realisation of a lack of financial means, no connections and the idea that journalists […]

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