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Professor warns of journalism tuition fee ‘danger’ as new scheme launched

Heather-BrookeA professor has warned journalism could become an industry “only for those who can afford tuition” after her university launched a new scholarship aimed at tackling the problem.

Professor Heather Brooke, pathway leader for MA investigative journalism at City, University of London, has spoken of the “danger” as the institution announced new funding worth £12,500 to be given to one student on her programme.

The successful applicant will complete a series of work placements at either the London Evening Standard or the Independent during the one-year programme, and will also be offered a 12-month paid contract as a trainee with one of the publications after they graduate.

The university says the scheme, known as the Quadrature-Evening Standard scholarship for investigative journalism, will provide a “springboard” for an aspiring journalist who would not be able to complete the course without financial assistance.

Professor Brooke, pictured above left, said: “More than ever we need thorough and professional investigative journalism about matters of public importance which is why I’m delighted we can now offer this fantastic scholarship to a student of merit who needs financial help.

“There’s a danger journalism could become a profession only for those who can afford university tuition but thanks to the generosity of our funder and partner we can open admissions to students regardless of their finances.”

She added: “This is a unique opportunity for a student to not only be fully funded but also gain invaluable experience investigating issues that matter at London’s premier newspaper the Evening Standard.”

The value of the scholarship will be £10,000 contributed by Quadrature Capital, plus £2,500 living expenses contributed by the university.

Students have until 10am on Monday to apply for the funding, and more information can be found here.