The John Schofield Trust offers online masterclasses on a variety of topics, some public and some offered exclusively to our Fellows.

These expert-led learning sessions include practical sessions on journalistic skills and subjects such as live presenting, science and sports journalism, podcasting, foreign correspondence and documentary making; and topical debates about current issues in the news industry. Explore our past public masterclasses on our YouTube channel here and subscribe to stay updated as new videos become available.

We do not charge for attendance, and are greatly indebted to our speakers – all experienced journalists and experts in their respective fields – who offer their time for free. If you’d like to support this area of our work, please consider making a donation or contact to discuss further.

We have held the following masterclasses online since 2020:

In-person learning and development

The Trust also hosts in-person masterclasses. These have previously featured Tom Bradby, David Dimbleby, Martin Lewis, Nick Eardley, Cathy Newman and others. Workshops have explored boarding interviews, radio reporting in disaster zones, managing finances as a journalist, new media, the importance of networking and much more.

In June 2022 we held an in-person masterclass day at BBC Broadcasting House. It was packed with sessions and discussions featuring experienced journalists and our Fellows and Trustees. The day culminated in three current Fellows conducting a candid interview with BBC Director General Tim Davie on his background, experience and career highlights, and how to improve diversity in journalism.

Read more about the day here.

We followed this up with a session on ‘how to have a career outside London’ at the Leeds Conservatoire in September 2022. The panel featured Hannah Al-Othman, News Reporter at the Sunday Times; Ciaran Jenkins, Scotland Correspondent at Channel 4 News (and JST Fellow); Sallie Leak, Talent Executive for True North Productions; and Dino Sofos, Executive Producer of the News Agents podcast / founder of Persephonica (and JST Fellow). It was chaired by Judith Moritz, the BBC’s North of England Correspondent.

Watch a video of the event here.

In 2023 we will host live masterclasses in Dublin, London and Wales (location TBC). Subscribe and stay tuned for more details as they emerge.