New journalism intern joins NCTJ to promote diversity

Former NCTJ student journalist Claire McAllister, will join the NCTJ as the new journalism intern (diversity) in September 2014.

Claire recently completed an NCTJ-accredited Masters in multimedia journalism at Glasgow Caledonian University and was also a member of the NCTJ student council. She will be responsible for administering the Journalism Diversity Fund and promoting the benefits of the scheme to potential recipients and sponsors. 

Over the past year, Claire has gained work experience as a reporter at various local radio stations, newspapers and press agencies including Central FM, The Herald and Press Association Scotland.

She has also been an online assistant with STV Glasgow, a new local television station.

Most recently, she has been working with the BBC on live events, including a pop-up festival to complement the Commonwealth Games and the Edinburgh Festivals.

Claire said: "I'm really excited to join the NCTJ team and promote the bursary to help aspiring journalists from diverse backgrounds pursue their career."

The Journalism Diversity Fund is designed to help students from socially and ethnically diverse backgrounds achieve their dreams of becoming journalists by helping to fund their NCTJ training. The fund is administered by the NCTJ on behalf of industry sponsors and supporters, including: Associated Newspapers; NLA media access; Pearson; Sky; The Scott Trust; and the Society of Editors.