It is so important that journalists reflect the communities they serve, and we are committed to leading radical change in the industry to improve the diversity of newsrooms.

We know that, for many, the costs of studying on an NCTJ-accredited course can be out of reach.

This is why we set up the Journalism Diversity Fund (JDF), which awards bursaries to help with the costs of NCTJ course fees and/or living expenses while studying.

Thanks to the support of our industry sponsors, the JDF has awarded more than 400 bursaries since its launch in 2005.

If you could bring diversity to a newsroom and are in financial need, you could be eligible for a bursary. Click here to find out more.

It would have been impossible for me to study without the JDF. The JDF has helped me to be able to bring my different outlook and experiences to the newsroom.
Sanny Rudravajhala, JDF recipient

We recognise that tackling inequalities and making journalism better reflect our audiences needs the combined efforts of the industry, businesses, employers and journalists.

This is why we have convened a forum for employers from across the media sector to discuss and advise on the further action needed that will make a difference to the equality, diversity and inclusion of newsrooms.

Apprenticeships and foundation courses are also great non-graduate routes into the industry.

Initiatives like the Community News Project, which trains and recruits reporters to serve underreported communities, and our partnership with Ability Today, which delivers subsidised journalism training to aspiring journalists with disabilities, are becoming increasingly important too.

Find out more

Journalism Diversity Fund

The Journalism Diversity Fund (JDF) awards bursaries to people from diverse backgrounds who need help funding their NCTJ journalism training.

Diversity in Journalism 2023

This research report updates the analysis of journalists’ diversity characteristics to 2022. It can be read in conjunction with the NCTJ’s Diversity in Journalism report, published in November 2017 and 2022, and Journalists at Work, published in October 2018.

Keep in touch

Sign up to receive the NCTJ’s eJournalism newsletter. Sent once a month, it will keep you up to date with the latest news and developments in journalism training.