Johnston Press is launching a bursary scheme for up to ten journalism students from diverse social and ethnic backgrounds.
The regional publishing group, which owns 241 newspapers and 162 community-based websites, wants to help students who face financial hardship to get the qualifications needed for a career in journalism.
The awards will range from £3,000 to £7,500, giving students the opportunity to study for a post graduate diploma in journalism at university or attend a college course. The main stipulation is that the courses must be recognised by the National Council for the Training of Journalists.
Johnston Press human resources director Malcolm Vickers said: “We are keen to encourage candidates from diverse social and ethnic backgrounds – particularly those from minority ethnic backgrounds – because this is an area we have identified as being under-represented on our titles.”
Candidates will also be chosen from communities that Johnston Press newspapers already serve.
Those selected will be offered work experience on Johnston titles and on completion of their programme will be considered for full time jobs along with other candidates, although there are no guarantees of a job in the group.
Applicants, who will either have already graduated from university or be of graduate calibre, are being asked to write a 250-word explanation of why they want to pursue a career in journalism and why they require financial assistance.
Students interested in finding out more about the bursaries can call the group editorial development executive David Rowell, on 01604 477751.
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