The first round of bursaries for 2012 is now closed and the Journalism Diversity Fund is delighted to have received a record number of applications.
The Journalism Diversity Fund is continuing to offer much needed help to socially and ethnically diverse students committed to a career in journalism.
Ethnic minorities remain “largely absent" from opinion pages, senior executive roles and staff jobs within the British media, according to statistics compiled by New Statesman.
Bursary recipient and newly-qualified senior reporter, Sam Smith, has won an award for exceptional performance in the November National Certificate Examination.
Bursaries have been awarded to three diverse journalists after they impressed a panel of editors with their passion and commitment to journalism.
The shortlist for the third round of bursaries has now been announced and eight aspiring journalists will be interviewed by a panel of editors and senior journalists next month.
The Journalism Diversity Fund received 20 applications this round and those shortlisted will be interviewed by a panel of senior journalists and editors at The Guardian, London, on Friday, 2 December.
On Friday, 21 October the Journalism Diversity Fund and the NCTJ will be exhibiting at the Diversity Careers Show in London.
Bursary recipient Christian Campbell has been shortlisted in the 2011 NCTJ Awards for Excellence in Journalism.