The NCTJ is to work with media literacy charity The Student View to offer free introductory training to young people who want to work in the media.
The Student View, in partnership with the NCTJ, has launched the New Creator Fellowship with the aim of breaking down the barriers that stop under-represented young people from entering the journalism industry.
There are 30 fully-funded spaces for 16 to 23-year-olds on the six-month programme, which will incorporate delivery of the NCTJ’s level 3 Certificate in Foundation Journalism (CFJ) qualification.
The Fellowship, which will begin in April, will feature a mixture of virtual and in-person workshops, as well as networking events, mentoring meetings, industry speakers and sessions on pitching, finding sources and creating viral content. During the programme, participants will have the opportunity to work towards the CFJ through a blended learning approach, using the NCTJ’s self-study materials combined with trainer-led workshops.
The Student View’s aim is to give every child in the UK a high-quality media literacy education. It delivers workshops and pop-up newsrooms to empower young people to spot misinformation in the news, and teach them journalist skills that will enable them to create trustworthy content.
Bejay Mulenga MBE, chief executive of The Student View, said: “This is a game-changing experience for young people that will kickstart their media career.
“The bespoke programme we’ve created with our network of mentors will give everyone on the Fellowship the tools and support they need to achieve their goals. We’re really excited about what the next generation of media creators can achieve.”
The programme is backed by a board of advisors and industry partners, who will engage with the cohort throughout the course. These include Channel 4 News sports reporter Jordan Jarret-Bryan and TalkTV presenter and producer Mosique Lavontelle.
Joanne Butcher, chief executive of the NCTJ, said: “We are delighted to be working in partnership with The Student View, a media literacy charity we hold in high regard, to inspire young people to consider a career in the news media and to help them understand the vital importance of good journalism in our society.
“The NCTJ is committed to working collaboratively to break down the barriers to inclusion and extending our outreach work has become a priority in our efforts to tackle social mobility. We all need to innovate and think of new ways we can make a difference and this brilliant fellowship scheme promises to do just that.”
Applicants can register their interest for the fellowship at www.thestudentview.org/new-creator-fellowship/ from Wednesday, 1 March to Wednesday, 15 March.