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Nottingham leads the way with ethic journalism scheme

A project to boost the number of black and Asian journalists is being pioneered by the Nottingham Evening Post.

The paper has signed up to a new scheme being launched by the Creative Collective, a group of journalists from ethnic backgrounds.

The scheme involves young people undergoing a three month internship at local and national newspapers and magazines around the country.

It follows a similar project in the US organised by the Freedom Forum, which has donated £10,000 to help the British version get started.

The Post heard about the project after an information booklet was distributed among media outlets.

Along with the Big Issue, it was one of the first publications to sign up to the scheme.

Editor Graham Glen said: “The industry’s future depends heavily on how well newspapers address the needs, thoughts, hopes and fears of the diverse community they serve.

“A paper cannot expect to capture this fully unless the composition of its newsroom reflects that community.

“It is easy to leave the issue off the agenda. It is not difficult to pay lip service.

“Our aim and inspiration is to achieve real change in the coming months and years.”

The London College of Printing will provide grants for the students and information booklets are being circulated around colleges.

The number of internships on offer has yet to be confirmed but the project will launch in July.

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