The Journalists’ Charity is today announced as the latest supporter of the NCTJ’s Journalism Diversity Fund (JDF).
The charity is the eighth organisation to make a financial contribution to the bursary scheme since the start of the year, following a fundraising drive by the NCTJ to help the fund meet its growing demand.
Launched in 2005, the JDF supports aspiring journalists from diverse backgrounds through professional journalism training on NCTJ-accredited courses. In addition to financial assistance, recipients also benefit from mentoring and insight opportunities and events.
The Journalists’ Charity was founded by Charles Dickens in 1864 to help journalists and their dependents going through tough times. Today, the organisation remains committed to providing advice and support to journalists at all ages and stages nationwide.
James Brindle, CEO of the Journalists’ Charity, said: “The Journalism Diversity Fund is one of the industry’s big success stories so it’s great for the charity to get involved and play our part. The fact that the fund is oversubscribed makes the charity’s contribution all the more important.
“Working closely with the NCTJ will help the charity to give more support to journalists who need us, and right now, that’s more important than ever.”
Joanne Butcher, chief executive of the NCTJ, said: “We are absolutely thrilled to welcome the Journalists’ Charity on board as a supporter of the Journalism Diversity Fund.
“We admire the work this long-standing and important industry charity is doing to increase its support for journalists who need assistance throughout their careers as well as later in life.
“Our new mutually beneficial partnership with the Journalists’ Charity reflects our commitment to increasing the work we do with like-minded charities that share our values.”
The Journalism Diversity Fund is now supported financially by 22 organisations: Aziz Foundation, BBC, Bloomberg, BMJ, CNN International, DMG Media, Dow Jones, Financial Times, Google News Initiative, Insider Inc, ITV News, Journalists’ Charity, Newsquest, News UK, NLA media access, PA Media, The Printing Charity, Reach plc, Reuters, Sky, Society of Editors and Yahoo UK.