We’d like to thank all of our sponsors and supporters for their generous donations and in-kind contributions. To find out how you can get involved in the Journalism Diversity Fund, please contact Beverley Bailey at beverley.bailey@nctj.com.

Our founding sponsor:

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.


Our sponsors:

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.


BBC News is recognised around the world for its independence, impartiality and integrity. In the UK, BBC news reaches 41 million people in the UK – that’s 81% of the adult population – every week on radio, television and online. Flagship programmes like Today, the News at Ten, the News Channel, News Online, Newsnight and Panorama strive to bring an unparalleled level of coverage and analysis to news, business, politics and current affairs.

The BBC’s 40 local radio stations now consistently reach more than seven million listeners across the UK. Globally, the World Service, BBC World News and bbc.com/news reach more than 240 million people in around 200 countries and territories.


Bloomberg, the global business and financial information and news leader, gives influential decision makers a critical edge by connecting them to a dynamic network of information, people and ideas. The company’s strength – delivering data, news and analytics through innovative technology, quickly and accurately – is at the core of the Bloomberg Professional service. Bloomberg’s enterprise solutions build on the company’s core strength: leveraging technology to allow customers to access, integrate, distribute and manage data and information across organisations more efficiently and effectively.



The Financial Times is one of the world’s leading business news organisations, recognised internationally for its authority, integrity and accuracy. In 2016 the FT passed a significant milestone in its digital transformation as digital and services revenues overtook print revenues for the first time. The FT has a combined paid print and digital circulation of almost 870,000 and makes 60% of revenues from its journalism.




The Google News Initiative is our effort to work with the news industry to help journalism thrive in the digital age. Today’s news organisations and media entrepreneurs are inventing new ways to discover, create and distribute news content – and we’re here to provide tools, data and programmes designed to help.


Newsquest is the second largest regional publisher in the UK and has a portfolio of more than 165 news brands and over 40 magazines published in print and online. With an audience of almost 30 million users a month online and six million readers a week in print, our content is read by a substantial portion of the UK population.

Press Association

The 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.

The Printing Charity’s origins were in welfare support for people in the printing industry, but over the years that support has grown to include education. Its support for young people and new talent entering the industry is a growing part of its work, from its own flagship Print Futures Awards to its partnerships with The Queen’s Bindery Apprenticeship scheme, the Stationers’ Foundation Postgraduate Bursary Scheme, the Journalism Diversity Fund, the Stationers’ Company Shine School Media Awards, and industry-specific projects. Please see www.theprintingcharity.org.uk for more information and follow @printingcharity

 Reuters is the world’s largest international multimedia news provider. Founded 165 years ago, Reuters provides society with the news it needs to be free, prosperous and informed. Each day 2,500 journalists in nearly 200 locations around the globe deliver unparalleled international and national news coverage in 16 languages with speed, impartiality and insight. Reuters stays true to the letter and spirit of the Thomson Reuters Trust Principles, valuing independence, integrity and freedom from bias.


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.


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.

MAMA Youth Project (MYP) charity is training at grass-roots level young people with the skills and experience to secure long-term, fulfilling employment in the TV and media industry. With a focus on young people from under-represented groups and those with limited educational or employment opportunities, including unemployed graduates, MAMA Youth team is committed to getting young people into employment and to bringing diversity to the media industry.

The Telegraph’s mission is to deliver quality, trusted, award-winning, multi-platform journalism, with our digital content reaching more than 27 million users across the UK (UKOM MMX MP). Our portfolio includes The Telegraph website and app, The Daily Telegraph and The Sunday Telegraph print titles and The Telegraph Edition app.


Guardian 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 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; 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; Mary Cherowbrier, journalism trainer; Marverine Cole, freelance journalist and broadcaster; 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; 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, associate editor, Opinion, Guardian News & Media; Vikki Orvice, sports writer, The Sun; Kate O’Toole, former Scott Trust co-ordinator; Ian Patel, editor, Kent on Sunday; Mark Pivac, senior broadcast journalist, BBC; 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; Abbie Scott, editorial operations manager, The Financial Times; 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; Cherry Wilson, broadcast journalist, BBC Online; 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.