The Printing Charity, which has supported people of all ages working in printing, packaging and publishing since 1827, has become the latest sponsor of the Journalism Diversity Fund.
The fund, administered by the NCTJ, provides bursaries for people from socially or ethnically diverse backgrounds, who otherwise would not have the financial means to fund their journalism training. Supported by the industry, it works to help make newsrooms better reflect the communities they serve.
Neil Lovell, The Printing Charity’s chief executive and a frequent member of the fund’s interviewing panels, said: “Our involvement with the fund reinforces the charity’s long-term commitment to diversity and inclusion as part of our national welfare and education work helping beneficiaries across the UK. It also connects into our own Print Futures Awards, providing funding for training to help new talent enter or progress within the UK industry.”
Joanne Butcher, chief executive of the National Council for the Training of Journalists, said: “We are delighted to be working with The Printing Charity to build the capacity of the Journalism Diversity Fund to help even more people from all walks of life become journalists. Partnerships with respected, prestigious and like-minded organisations to tackle issues of mutual interest mean we can all be much more effective than working on our own.”
So far in 2017, twenty-three applicants have received bursaries, with a final round of bursaries to be awarded in December. Applications for the fourth and final cohort are now open, and candidates have until Wednesday, 15 November to submit their application. For more information about the fund, click here.