RTS Young Talent
of the Year Award

The award

The John Schofield Trust set up the RTS Young Journalist of the Year Award in 1996 in memory of John.

The award, which was renamed the Young Talent of the Year Award in 2014, is for the best work during the year by an on- or off-screen journalist under the age of 30 (on the last day of the 12-month period from which entries are invited).

Many of the past winners have since progressed to become well known operators within the news industry.

How to apply:

  • No more than two entries per channel of up to 30 minutes.
  • Entries should consist of three excerpts, with no internal edits, preferably demonstrating a range of content.
  • In the case of off-screen journalists it will be particularly helpful for the jury to be provided with background information on how the individual journalist contributed to the items.
  • Entries should be sent to the RTS (not the John Schofield Trust)

Further details are available on the RTS website.

John’s friends and family also instigated the Royal Television Society Young Journalist of the Year bursary of £1,500, a prestigious award given to the journalist deemed by the RTS judges to have fulfilled their criteria.

Previous winners

  • 2020 Martha Kelner

  • 2019 Anja Popp

  • 2018 Nawal Al-Maghafi

  • 2017 Waad al-Kateab

  • 2016 Benjamin Zand

  • 2015 Mstylav Chernov

  • 2014 Peter Smith

  • 2013 Ciaran Jenkins

  • 2012 Joe Casey

  • 2011 Rohit Kachroo

  • 2010 Tamanna Rahman

  • 2009 Hannah Thomas-Peter

  • 2008 Hamish Macdonald

  • 2007 Matt Williams

  • 2006 Faisal Islam

  • 2005 Alex Millar

  • 2004 Mark Daly

  • 2003 James Reynolds

  • 2002 Tim Samuels

  • 2001 Nicola Pearson

  • 2000 Matthew Price

  • 1999 Peter Lane

  • 1998 Glenn Campbell

  • 1997 Donal MacIntyre

  • 1996 Cary Johnston

John Schofield was ‘the kind of man who gives journalism a good name’

Robin Lustig, former BBC presenter

John ‘was a brilliant journalist and a delightful man… He had the intelligence, integrity and courage to get to the top of his profession and it is a tragedy that such a brilliant career should come to such a shockingly premature end’

Richard Tait, former Editor-in-Chief, ITN

‘John’s gentle manners, ever-ready smile and openness were always a great boost to the spirit even on the most mundane of news days’

Zeinab Badawi, BBC presenter

‘The John Schofield Trust…is an amazing organisation, and I think especially in these difficult, challenging times for the media industry, it’s really important to support young journalists’

Ben Brown, BBC presenter

‘Every young journalist needs support. They need guidance. They need to fight. And that’s exactly what the Trust does’

Ronke Philipps, ITV News Correspondent

‘It’s really exciting to to witness first hand this next generation of journalists that will help shape the media landscape, hopefully make the industry better and build faith and trust in it’

Cordelia Lynch, Sky News correspondent

‘Simply put – it enabled me to pursue my dream career, which without the support of my mentor and the John Schofield Trust, would not have been possible’

Mentee 2018

‘It is just a brilliant, practical and productive scheme – which in a cross generational way improves journalism for everyone’

Mentor 2018-19

‘Many thanks for having me at Mohamed’s talk … It was very helpful, well-structured and fitted a lot in to just under 60 mins. Really appreciate being able to join… it was fascinating to hear how Mohamed has done … foreign producing, especially when it comes to maintaining high standards, good communication and upholding strong ethics’

Laura Gaynor, Freelance producer

‘I’ve really enjoyed the whole mentoring experience! It’s been very useful to be able to hone my writing to a more concise and professional tone. I think the biggest take-away from this has been the confidence to share what I write’

E-mentee 2018-19

‘I want to be in a position where it’s not rare to have loads of different people from different backgrounds and not just racial backgrounds, but also class backgrounds and everything like that’

Ayshah Tull, former mentee and C4News Reporter

But when I was out there actually looking for work, particularly in light of my disability, I couldn’t get started. It was the Trust that helped me get my foot in the door and help get me seen and recognised by the relevant people. To this day, when I mention my involvement with the scheme to people their eyes light up’

Max Preston, former mentee and Sky News producer

‘There is group think and I’ve succumbed to it plenty of times, despite the fact I went to a comp’

Lewis Goodall, former mentee and Policy Editor, BBC Newsnight

‘Being properly representative of modern Britain both on and off-air is essential to earning audience trust in our news output. Audiences need to hear and see themselves reflected back in the mirror we hold up to them’

Carla-Maria Lawson, Head of BBC Daytime and Early Peak

‘If I heard a Scottish voice on the news, especially if it wasn’t a particularly posh Scottish voice on the news, it gave me hope as a state educated Scot in Glasgow, that that’s something that I could do. There could be a future for me in that industry’

Peter Smith, former mentee and Scotland Correspondent, ITV News

‘It’s been reassuring to know that I could go into journalism with any degree and that having a passion for it is the main thing… It’s also been great to talk to someone from such a diverse background, it makes me realise that your differences are what makes you stand out and that can be an advantage in lots of situations’

E-mentee 2018-19

‘What the Trust does is it makes people feel that wherever you are and wherever you’re from that career in the media is well within your reach, and that you deserve it’

Minnie Stephenson, C4 News reporter