The John Schofield Trust offers all current and past mentees the chance to hear from the best in the news business on a range of subjects.

#JSTMasterclasses include practical sessions, deconstructing stories or explaining how a producer or reporter covered a particular kind of story as well as more topical debates about hot issues in the news industry.

We are greatly indebted to our our speakers who give their time for us for free.

Learning and development

Past masterclasses have been given by Tom Bradby, David Dimbleby, Martin Lewis as well as workshops exploring boarding interviews and radio reporting in disaster zones.

We held our first full day of masterclasses in February 2020 with sessions on how to shine at a job interview; how to find original stories and bring them to life on film; how a company reacts when it is the subject of a journalistic investigation; how to understand your finances as a journalist – whether staff or freelance; finishing up with a Q & A session with the Head of Sky News, John Ryley and Sky Special Reporter, Alex Crawford.

Online masterclasses and workshops

Masterclass session with Sophia Smith-Galer ‘Every time I listen in on one of the Trust’s masterclasses I feel so much hope & love for this industry’

During the COVID-19 lockdown we introduced online masterclasses twice a month to keep mentees in touch with each other and across the issues being discussed in the industry.

Since March 2020 we have held these masterclasses: