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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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The Journalism Diversity Fund is much more than a bursary

10 Jun 19

Undertaking my NCTJ training always felt like the logical next step for me after graduating from Edinburgh University. As the most common pathway into the industry and, having been offered a place on the multimedia sports journalism course at News Associates, I was adamant I wouldn’t delay embarking on my dream career in the journalism […]

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How the JDF helped me achieve my dream job

5 Apr 19

When I first decided to undertake an NCTJ fast-track diploma in multimedia journalism, I faced the daunting question of how to fund it. I already had a considerable student debt so was reluctant to take out another loan, and my parents had limited means to assist me. Even when I was told about the Journalism […]

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How the JDF and its mentoring scheme has helped me

19 Mar 19

I’ve entertained the idea of being a journalist since secondary school but, distracted by visions of being a graphic designer, working in publishing or becoming a lecturer, I didn’t settle properly on a career in journalism until the latter end of my undergraduate degree.

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My journey from a bakery to a materials magazine

19 Mar 19

In a short amount of time I went from a part time sales assistant to a news writer for an all-female editorial team – and I’ve never felt more empowered.

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How to make the most of the JDF, manage time and secure a job

2 Mar 18

I remember the day I was offered the Journalism Diversity Fund bursary as if it was yesterday. I was on my lunch break, sat on a set of stairs, dreading walking back into my waitressing role, to finish a never-ending 12-hour shift. Now, six months later, I have accepted a trainee researcher role for the home affairs team at the BBC.

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How I landed my dream placement with Sky News

15 Feb 18

When I applied to the Journalism Diversity Fund last summer I knew that if my application was successful their support would be life changing.

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Confessions of a fast-track NCTJ student

2 Jan 18

I am 16 weeks into the 20-week fast-track NCTJ course, and I finally have the time to take stock of the last few months and write something that’s not a) for my portfolio, b) shorthand or c) revision notes.

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