Congratulations are in order for Ronke Phillips, a John Schofield Trust Senior Fellow, who has recently been appointed as ITN’s first Editorial Diversity Partner.
Ronke is a multi-award winning journalist and currently Senior Correspondent for ITV News London. Her new role will involve working across ITN’s three newsrooms – ITV News, Channel 4 News and 5 News, and ITN Productions – to support ITN’s commitment to developing the careers of journalists from underrepresented groups into middle and senior editorial roles in news and production.
Ronke will identify opportunities to grow and promote talented journalists from under-represented groups, helping to ensure that diversity is embedded throughout ITN as an organisation – including in the rooms where the most critical editorial decisions are taken.
Ronke said: “I’m very glad to have this opportunity to work for real change on editorial diversity and inclusion in all our newsrooms and ITN Productions and to champion diversity in all its forms for our employee networks. An inclusive workplace doesn’t just have a diversity of people, it has a diversity of people involved, developed and empowered.”
As well as her work on major investigations and breaking news stories, including the murders of Bibaa Henry and Nicole Smallman, of Stephen Lawrence and Victoria Climbie, the July 7th bombings of London in 2007, and the terrorist attacks at London and Westminster bridges, Ronke has built a strong reputation as a champion for greater representation within the media. She has been co-chair of EMpower, ITN’s Black, Asian and minority ethnic employee network, since it launched in January 2020.
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