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Former regional editor to fund scholarship for future journalism leaders

A former regional editorial boss is to fund training in order to help future journalism industry leaders.

The University of Central Lancashire has announced a donation from Jeremy Clifford will enable another student to take part in its journalism innovation and leadership programme, which is aimed at working journalists and counts a number of regional editors among its alumni.

Jeremy, previously editor-in-chief at both JPIMedia and Archant, serves as the programme’s head of mentoring in addition to his work with his consultancy Chrysalis Transformations.

It was previously announced Google will fund 15 scholarship places on the 2024 course, while Jordan-based digital media strategist Lara Ayoub, herself a graduate of the Preston-based university’s scheme, will provide sponsorship for another.

Jeremy Clifford 2023

Jeremy, pictured, said: “I am excited to support the journalism innovation and leadership programme in this way.

“Having been associated with the programme for two years, I have seen what it can achieve in developing great leadership skills and, just as importantly, confidence in people to lead and innovate.

“I have had the privilege to work in leadership positions within the media industry for 20 years and when I launched my own leadership development and coaching business I was determined to support people starting out on their leadership journeys.

“This programme meets all the criteria I was looking for, which is why Chrysalis has decided to sponsor someone who may not otherwise have had the opportunity to benefit from the programme.”