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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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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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