Mentees

Here are the talented young journalists accepted on this year’s face to face mentoring scheme. We see them as the next generation of leaders in the news industry.

To find out more about their mentors, please visit the Mentors’ page.

Applications for the 2021 scheme will open on 21 September 2020. See here for further information.

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Isabella Allen

Isabella is a TV and audio producer and reporter with more than five years’ experience at BBC News. She currently works on the One O’Clock News on BBC One and the BBC News Channel. Her role includes package production, breaking news coverage and managing rolling TV output of major events on location, for example President Trump’s UK State Visit. Isabella started her career on Radio 4’s ‘The World Tonight’ and then moved to the ‘The Newsroom’ on the World Service. In 2016, Isabella led the relaunch of the ‘Global News Podcast’, the BBC’s most-downloaded podcast. She has TV and radio on-air experience.

John Schofield Trust mentor: Jess Bulman

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Joseph Ataman

Joseph is a long-form text and video journalist, whose work often focuses on migration and the lives of children.

He has lived and reported from across the Middle East and was awarded an Overseas Press Club fellowship with the Associated Press in Turkey. Currently a video producer with CNN, Joseph speaks French, Turkish, and Russian.

John Schofield Trust mentor: Martha Kearney

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Ana Bates

Ana works as a radio journalist at Sky News and IRN. She began her radio career at Dee106.3 in Chester, having done some freelance work including at 5 News. After that, she became a text producer with Sky News before moving into her current role 18 months ago.

John Schofield Trust mentor: Chris Cook

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Rosie Blunt

Rosie realised she wanted to be a journalist when she was teaching in Malawi in 2015 and did some freelance reporting for the BBC. When she came back, she studied for an NCTJ alongside a full-time teaching job then successfully applied for the BBC Journalism Trainee Scheme. She spent a fantastic year in Bristol reporting and producing regional news before coming to London, where she joined BBC World Online as a writer. She is now a producer for the World Service morning programme Newsday. Ultimately, the dream is to be a field producer and reporter in foreign news.

John Schofield Trust mentor: Andrew Dagnell

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David Chipakupaku

David is a journalist originally from Hawick in the Scottish Borders, now living and working in London at Sky News.

David started off as an apprentice at Sky, achieving his NCTJ while in the newsroom.

During his time with Sky since 2018, David has; helped produce the award-winning Election Social; implemented the digital strategy for the New York Festivals Radio Awards-nominated StoryCast; interviewed the cast of RuPaul’s Drag Race UK; developed Sky News’ first ever LGBT+ digital style guide; broke the story of the now-former Scottish Chief Medical Officer’s resignation during the coronavirus pandemic; helped break Prince Philip’s release from hospital on Christmas Eve 2019; and has edited and produced Sky News’ entertainment podcast Backstage.

David now works on Sky News’ overnight and breakfast output, and is helping launch the revamped breakfast show, ‘Kay Burley’.

John Schofield Trust mentor: Ian Sherwood

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Lauren Clarke

Lauren is a Deputy News Editor at 5 News, ITN. She began her journalistic career in local newspapers in the Midlands – covering everything from council meetings, bus crashes and Prime Ministerial visits – before making the move to London and into tabloids. She worked briefly at the Daily Star before jumping ship from print to broadcast journalism. Lauren has worked at 5 News since 2017, first as an Assistant News Editor and now a Deputy News Editor who regularly covers the News Editor position. When not at work, she is usually found at the theatre – onstage or in the audience.

John Schofield Trust mentor: Stewart Maclean

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Jack Fenwick

Jack is a reporter and producer for the BBC’s Live Political Programmes unit, working on programmes such as Westminster Hour and Politics Live. He’s worked on stories about politics and mental health, automation’s effect on the workforce and the role of football clubs in youth community projects. Earlier this year he travelled to Iceland to make a film about well-being and economics, which included an exclusive interview with the country’s Prime Minister. Before working at the BBC, he was a producer at Sky News.

John Schofield Trust mentor: Tom Rayner

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Rosetta Fourlagawo

Rosetta is a freelance journalist and, for the past year, she has been freelancing at Five News as an Assistant News Editor.

Prior to Five, Rosetta had been freelancing at various indie television production companies (since 2015) as a development researcher/researcher for factual/fact ent documentaries.

In addition to Roohi Hassan, Rosetta has a bonus mentor, Nick Pollard, on the scheme.

John Schofield Trust mentors: Roohi Hassan

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Sarah Gough

Sarah is a journalist and multimedia producer for Channel 4 News. Currently she is in Washington DC assisting with TV production, producing and editing online explainers, and getting to grips with all things America in election year. Previously, as a member of C4News’ digital team, I launched, produced and edited the award-winning ‘Ways to Change the World’ podcast with Krishnan Guru-Murthy.

John Schofield Trust mentor: Cordelia Lynch

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Adam Hancock

Adam has recently re-located to Singapore from London where he was working as a Broadcast Journalist at BBC World News. Prior to that, Adam spent a year working as a trainee on the BBC’s prestigious journalism trainee scheme. He has ambitions to work as a foreign correspondent and is interested in Asia, sport and humanitarian stories.

John Schofield Trust mentor: Nina Dos Santos

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Charlie Haynes

Charlie Haynes

Charlie is a producer and reporter at the BBC. He is based with BBC HARDtalk – where he produces thoughtful and robust half-hour long interviews with world leaders.

Before entering journalism he worked in science. He has used his background in science and medicine during the coronavirus pandemic to uncover numerous exclusives. A modern multimedia journalist his pieces appear on TV, online and on radio. His agenda leading stories have appeared on BBC Newsnight, the Today Programme and the BBC News bulletins – and are often picked up by other outlets. He speaks French.

John Schofield Trust mentor: Nick Pollard

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Amani Ibrahimi

Amani is a journalist at ITV News where she works as a Producer and Presenter for The Rundown, a news show on social media for young people which covers national and international stories. Before that Amani worked as a Production Journalist for ITV’s regional news in Newcastle and Birmingham. She has been in the journalism industry for nearly four years and has enjoyed every bit of it. Amani grew up in the North East but made a move down to the south to pursue her dreams.

John Schofield Trust mentor: Reeta Chakrabarti

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Lora Jones

Lora is a reporter for the BBC News website, focusing on business and economics developments. She has produced investigative work on the rise of online sex work during lockdown and the sale of illegal skin lightening creams, as well as interviews with high-profile chief executives and easy-to-understand explainers. Lora joined the BBC’s Business Unit from the broadcaster’s fact-checking brand, Reality Check. Before joining the BBC, Lora worked at the Mayor of London’s official promotional agency, London & Partners. She graduated from Warwick University with a First Class BA Hons in French Studies, which included a year studying at the Sorbonne.

John Schofield Trust mentor: Matt Brindley

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Una Kelly

Una is an award-winning reporter, producer and presenter currently based at the BBC in Northern Ireland. In her first year in journalism she was recognised as ‘Newcomer of the Year’ at the IMRO Irish Radio Awards 2017. She has a special interest in audio documentaries and podcasts. Her first feature ‘The Day the Troubles Started’ was nominated for a Celtic Media Award. She produced and presented ’68, a landmark 20 part podcast and radio series for BBC Sounds and BBC Radio Foyle/Ulster. She speaks fluent German and previously worked as a translator in Berlin.

John Schofield Trust mentor: Vicki Hawthorne

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Kumba Kpakima

Kumba is a journalist at ITV News where she works as an Assistant News Editor. Before that,  Kumba worked as an Apprentice Reporter at Sky News where she helped to produce and write stories for different platforms. She has been in the journalism industry for three years and hopes to get into producing and on-screen reporting.

John Schofield Trust mentor: Rohit Kachroo

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Linzi Kinghorn

After graduating with an MA in Broadcast Journalism from City University, Linzi cut her teeth at a number of local radio stations. She then spent two years gaining invaluable experience as a newsreader and occasional reporter for LBC, before going on to work for the BBC. She spent a year at BBC Look North in Hull when it was the UK City of Culture, before going on to spend a year at BBC London and then most recently at BBC Guernsey and Channel Islands News, where she was Senior Political Reporter, covering politics on the island for both television and radio.

John Schofield Trust mentor: Tessa Chapman

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Louise McLoughlin

Louise McLoughlin has reported from Europe, Africa, the Middle East, and the US, for outlets including NBC, CNN, VICE, and Reuters. She has worked in the field following terror attacks in the UK, interviewed migrants in European camps, reported on journalism under threat in Mozambique, and reproductive rights in Uganda. In a series for VICE, she interviewed workers, such as air crash investigators, about the emotional impact of their work. Currently, she produces NBC’s Global Hangout, an online show highlighting key voices worldwide during the COVID-19 pandemic. She has a special interest in women’s rights, identity, and mental health.

John Schofield Trust mentor: Simon Wilson

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Emily Mee

Emily is an online news reporter at Sky News, and occasionally does shifts as a digital news editor. Her story about a crisis in transgender healthcare won the first RTS Digital Award and was praised for its ‘revelatory journalism’. She loves writing about social issues and health stories, and recently her story on a pioneering cancer treatment encouraged the NHS to bring forward the roll-out of the treatment to all cancer centres.

John Schofield Trust mentor: Bernadette Kitterick

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Rochelle Newman

Rochelle is a documentary filmmaker who specialises in true-crime and health. She has worked with many police forces in the UK and US on some of the most difficult historical investigations. In Rochelle’s spare time, she enjoys helping people who live with scalp conditions and hair loss through her YouTube channel. Over the last year, Rochelle has been mentored by Investigative Correspondent Mark Daly who she credits as helping her with her confidence and growth as a new journalist.

John Schofield Trust mentor: Mark Daly

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Miriam O’Donkor

Miriam entered journalism through the BBC Digital Journalism Apprenticeship in 2017. During her two-year apprenticeship she gained irreplaceable skills working in the main newsroom on the digital video team; editing and producing original content as well as daily news in a fast-paced environment. Miriam has interviewed musicians, politicians and activists and filmed stories on topics ranging from mental health to black history, sports and technology. She is grateful to have experience in radio, doing voiceovers and presenting – which she hopes to do more of in the future. Miriam is now freelancing, in search of stories with extraordinary people at the heart.

John Schofield Trust mentor: Nina Nannar

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Simon O’Leary

Simon is a freelance journalist and filmmaker. He worked as a reporter and producer on the BBC’s BAFTA winning Victoria Derbyshire programme. He’s worked on stories such as fraudulent letting agencies and police negligence with rape trials. His films include a personal one about his experience of coming out in Ireland and the impact lockdown of people’s mental health.Before joining the BBC, Simon worked as a freelance producer at Channel 4 News and Sky News. During his time at university he was awarded a Google News Lab Fellowship and became the Irish delegate to Future News Worldwide 2017.

John Schofield Trust mentor: Simon Vigar

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Sophia Smith Galer

Sophia is a multi-award-winning and multilingual digital journalist for the BBC. She is the BBC World Service’s first ever Visual Journalist in Faith and Ethics and reports on the complexities of contemporary spiritual practice around the globe. She has a keen interest in digital expressions of faith and this year presented a World Service four-part documentary series on Religion in the Digital Age, exploring everything from social media communities to apps and virtual reality. Creating everything from short-form social video to long form radio and digital documentaries, Sophia innovates BBC output on air and across Instagram and TikTok. She was recently selected as a MHPC #30towatch Young Journalist Award Winner in Culture, Entertainment and Lifestyle.

John Schofield Trust mentor: Jonathan Rugman

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Layla Wright

Layla is an award-winning freelance journalist and documentary presenter from Liverpool. Most recently, Layla produced and presented BBC Three documentary, False Hope? Alternative Cancer Treatments, an investigation into natural cancer therapies. Her BBC debut – an investigation for Radio 4 Today’s podcast – uncovered that gang leaders in Merseyside are offering teenagers hundreds of pounds to stab each other. Her findings were used in a parliamentary report to tackle serious crime.

She was named Young Journalist of the Year at the O2 Media Awards 2019 for her reporting for BBC Radio 4 and Radio City, which included her documentary, Gangs, Guns & Grassing.

John Schofield Trust mentor: Katerina Vittozzi

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