Applications for the 2024 scheme are now closed.
Below is some information for you to consider before applying.
We are hosting a virtual webinar for all applicants on 11th September at 6pm. You will hear directly from past successful applicants, Fellows and Senior Fellows, and have a chance to ask any questions you have about the form. You can register to access the zoom link here.
Am I eligible for the John Schofield Trust early career and apprentice mentoring scheme?
You need to meet all of the following criteria:
- Aged 18 or over on 1 September 2023
- Not in full time education
- Either working as a broadcast or multimedia (including print, digital) journalist in the UK or the Republic of Ireland, employed or freelance, or an apprentice journalist on an NCTJ-approved journalism apprenticeship scheme in the UK or Republic of Ireland, or on a non-graduate journalism training scheme.
- If you’re not an apprentice, you need to be within the first two to five years of professional life in the news industry.
- If you are an apprentice, you must have completed a minimum of six months on a scheme, which includes a relevant diploma by the time the mentoring scheme begins (e.e. Advanced Apprenticeship in Journalism [Level 3] or an NCTJ diploma in the UK or Republic of Ireland).
We especially welcome applications from those who come to the sector with less privilege and fewer connections, which is linked to our mission to ensure newsrooms are as diverse as the audiences they serve.
Tell us about yourself!
To help us make a fair selection, we need you to provide three things when you apply (via the form):
- Up to 250 words OR 3 minutes of video or audio explaining why you would benefit from the John Schofield Trust mentoring scheme
- Up to 250 words OR 3 minutes of video or audio about a story or assignment that you are particularly proud of working on. Outline the situation and tell us about your role, how you rose to the challenge and what the result was. If you’re an apprentice, give examples of two stories you have worked on and what you learned in the process
- If you’re not an apprentice, we need a reference from an experienced journalist or journalism tutor. It might be your current line manager or someone who’s commissioned you for a story, or someone who has previously taught you on a recognised and accredited journalism course
- If you are an apprentice, we need a reference from your course leader or the person in charge of the apprenticeship/training scheme you are on
You can apply via this form for English speakers or this form if you are a Welsh speaker.
You can submit your reference via this form – this must be filled in by your reference, not you – and submitted by 30th September at 23:59.
Only applications with a reference will be considered.
Applications will close on 30th September at 23:59.
What happens after I’ve applied?
A panel consisting of journalists from the sector and John Schofield Trust supporters will convene to carefully consider and shortlist applications. If you are successful we will look to match you with an appropriate and compatible mentor from our Senior Fellow network, taking into consideration what you have told us you about your professional interest, goals and experience. This process takes some time, meaning all applicants will be contacted in October or November. We ask you be patient during this time.
The mentoring then officially begins in January 2024, running for 12 months to the end of December 2024.
If you have any questions regarding the application or need assistance because you have accessibility needs, contact email@example.com.