The Press Association has launched a new bursary programme to encourage budding journalists from ethnic minority backgrounds to enter the profession.
The scheme will see two successful applicants each year given a place on PA’s NCTJ-accredited training course in London and after completion of the course, they will be offered a two-year training contract with the agency.
Those who secure places on the programme will have their course fees and living expenses paid for while studying and will receive a full trainee salary after that.
The programme is open to candidates from a black and Asian minority ethnic backgrounds who have a financial disadvantage which would make it difficult for them to enter journalism.
PA chief executive Clive Marshall said: “We hope this scheme will enable more journalists from diverse and economically disadvantaged backgrounds to come and work at PA.
“We recognise that certain groups are under-represented within the media and as an industry we must do more to ensure our newsrooms better reflect the wider communities we serve.”
Under the scheme, PA will also make a donation to the Journalism Diversity Fund.
NCTJ chief executive Joanne Butcher added: “We are delighted that PA is joining us in the Journalism Diversity Fund’s mission to enable more people from ethnically and socially diverse backgrounds to train as journalists.
“Our aim is to ensure diversity and change is at the top of the newsroom agenda and we are thrilled that an institution like PA, which has been reporting news for the last 147 years, will help more budding journalists to have one of the most exciting and rewarding careers around.”
The deadline for applications is 12 April and for information on how to apply, click here.