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Half a million raised for journalism training as global publisher joins effort

A global business and finance magazine has joined a bid to increase diversity in journalism, after half a million pounds were raised for the cause.

Forbes has been officially unveiled as the latest supporter of the NCTJ’s Journalism Diversity Fund.

The publisher joins the scheme following a fundraising drive in 2021 by the NCTJ and its existing partners which successfully raised the annual value of the fund to £500,000.

The fund supports aspiring journalists from diverse backgrounds through professional journalism training on NCTJ-accredited courses.

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Ali Jackson-Jolley, assistant managing editor of diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives at Forbes, said: “We are excited to join the Journalism Diversity Fund to support journalists from underrepresented backgrounds.

“This is essential in order to take on the lack of diversity in the media—and more specifically, in the newsroom. Newsrooms are most effective when they reflect different backgrounds, voices and points of views.”

The fund has supported more than 440 people from financially disadvantaged backgrounds since its establishment in 2005 and now receives financial support form 25 different organisations.

Joanne Butcher, chief executive of the NCTJ, said: “We are so pleased to welcome Forbes on board as a supporter of the Journalism Diversity Fund.

“The continued success of the fund’s recipients is a real testament to the scheme, and it is fantastic to see so many JDF beneficiaries working across all sectors of the media and making a real difference.

“We know that there is much more to do to make journalism more accessible and representative, and we look forward to working with Forbes and our growing number of industry supporters as we continue to expand our efforts.”