The Fellowship is dedicated to mutual support and knowledge-sharing. It offers support when you’re starting out and a source of inspiration and encouragement throughout your working life. Whether you engage with us to be mentored, or to become a mentor, we want your experience to be enriching and inspiring.
Here’s how you can get involved in our work.
Our Fellows are early career and apprentice journalists looking to develop their professional skills.
Each Fellow completes a structured 12-month mentoring programme, with access to masterclasses led by industry professionals on a range of news media-related topics.
As a Fellow, you will be supported by a professional journalist at the stage in your career when you need it most. You will be paired with a mentor based on your professional interests with the aim of coming a step closer to fulfilling your ambitions. Your Senior Fellow mentor will help you to navigate areas of the news industry with which you may not be familiar, supporting you to gain experience that will help you take the next step in your career. And when you’re well on the road, the Fellowship will always be there to reach out to – for support, guidance, or simply to help you share and celebrate your career wins.
The Fellow title will be yours to use in perpetuity, whether on social media, LinkedIn, awards nominations, educational applications or job searches.
Applications for the 2024 scheme open on 1 September. Find out more here. Subscribe to our newsletter and follow us on social media to stay up to date on how to apply, or get in touch with firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
We also run a mentoring programme for undergraduate journalism students. We believe this is the first scheme of its kind.
In 2023, the scheme’s first year, we partnered with the University of Central Lancashire, Dublin City University, Edinburgh Napier University, the University of Kent, Liverpool John Moores University and the University of Northampton to offer mentoring from experienced professional journalists to students on their journalism courses. Participating students can also access our year-round masterclasses and become John Schofield Trust Fellows.
Individuals cannot apply directly to take part in this scheme. However, we hope to expand and are looking for new universities who are interested in taking part in 2024. If you are a staff member or student and want a chat get in touch: email@example.com.
Our Senior Fellows include some of the most inspiring working journalists in the UK, all offering their time and expertise to accompany a Fellow on the beginning of their journalism career path. Senior Fellows report great personal benefits to the role, including professional development, skill- and perspective-sharing in a rapidly changing industry, and a chance to provide life-changing opportunities and support to a young person passionate about news media.
Please let us know if you are interested in becoming a Senior Fellow by filling out this form.
If you represent a media organisation and would like to discuss how mentoring for the Trust could allow your senior staff to develop their management and mentoring skills please get in touch here.
We’re always on the look-out for volunteers to help us in a variety of ways.
Our Fellowship schemes are growing year-on-year, with more Fellows expected to apply for mentoring in 2024 than ever before. If you’d like to help us with the applicant selection and matching process please get in touch.
The Trust hosts monthly online masterclasses, with journalists speaking on a range of practical skills and news media-related topics such as pitching, programme editing, foreign correspondence, podcasting, presenting and sports journalism. We also stage one-to-one interviews with journalists such as ITN’s Robert Moore and campaigner Martin Lewis.
If you’re interested in speaking at a future masterclass, please fill out this form.