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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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My work experience with the BBC in London

11 Dec 17

“As the first recipient of the Claire Prosser Bursary Award, your university fees will be taken care of and you’ll be doing lots of work experience. Your first week is with the BBC…in London.”

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“I’ll look back on these months as some of the best”

31 Aug 17

If you want to work as a journalist, you should probably do the NCTJ training. I strongly believe this now, though a couple of years ago I would have found such a statement profoundly annoying.

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“Talk to everyone you possibly can – a week flies by!”

7 Jul 17

JDF recipient Jen Stout reflects on her work experience at the New Statesman, and details why she would always choose to work face to face with people over freelancing.

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Election week at the New Statesman

4 Jul 17

“When I walked in to the New Statesman offices at the start of an incredibly exciting election week, I knew my time there would shape up to be a great learning opportunity – and that it was.”

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