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The future of journalism fellowship programme 2022

The future of journalism fellowship programme 2022

locationLondon, UK
ExpiresExpires: 20/06/2022
Editorial / Writing / Storytelling
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Application RestrictionsBlack, Asian and Ethnically Diverse | Lower Socio-Economic Status

Deadline: 19th June at 23:59

Duration: for the full-time course, available to come to training in London, in person, Monday to Friday, 9am-5pm, for 18 weeks beginning 5th September 2022

For the part-time course, available to come to training in London every Saturday daytime and Tuesday evening for 42 weeks beginning 13th September 2022

Start date: 5th September (full-time course) or 13th September (part-time course)


Break into the media with world-class training and work experience for aspiring journalists from under-represented backgrounds.

PA Training is the sister company of PA Media, the UK and Ireland’s national news agency. They’ve been training journalists for decades and setting high industry standards.

PA Media’s NCTJ Diploma in Journalism course is the foundation on which many successful careers have been built — and in summer 2022, five new journalism stars will take that first step as recipients of a Future of Journalism Fellowship Award.

Accredited by the National Council for the Training of Journalists, this course teaches everything you need to get started in the newsroom and is the qualification that editors look for. Former students go on to get brilliant jobs – you’ll find them in the nation’s leading newsrooms.

These new awards, funded personally by a high-profile journalist determined that newsrooms should better reflect the people they serve, will help aspiring journalists from under-represented backgrounds. Winners will study for their NCTJ Diploma in Journalism with PA Training, and also receive work experience and mentoring opportunities to help them land their first job and succeed in their new role.

The Future of Journalism Fellowship Awards are open to those from under-represented backgrounds who are passionate about a career in journalism, but who need help in making it happen.


Each fellowship award includes

  • A fully-funded place on the prestigious NCTJ Diploma in Journalism course run by PA Media, the UK and Ireland’s national news agency
  • Work experience with national news organisations and broadcasters including Channel 4 News, Sky News, and PA Media
  • Mentorship throughout the programme and beyond to help fellows find their first jobs and thrive


What you will learn

  • You’ll learn reporting, digital storytelling, video, shorthand, media law, and other tools that modern journalists need
  • You will also build a portfolio of work that will help you launch your journalism career
  • You can either study on their intensive, 18 week full-time course beginning September 5, or join them from September 13 for their part-time course on Saturdays and Tuesday evenings, allowing you to continue with work or caring responsibilities as you study


Knowledge, skills, experience

  • A demonstrable commitment to journalism. This might be through student journalism if you’ve done a degree, or through pieces you’ve created for community, social or school programmes, for example
  • A real commitment to taking full advantage of this opportunity. They can give you everything you need to succeed but you will need to put in lots of hard work to make the most of it and score top marks. They want you to become the journalism leaders of the future
  • An open mind to pathways you might not have considered. Journalism is a varied career and they’re keen to hear from people who are interested in all its facets, and want to experience different newsrooms
  • The ability to join them for training in-person, in central London. You can study full-time (beginning September 5 2022) or part-time (beginning September 13 2022)

They welcome applications from people with different educational backgrounds and those changing careers. A degree is not required.


PA Training is proud to partner with their sponsor because they believe that the media should reflect society. 

The Fellowship Awards sponsor, who wishes to remain anonymous, says: “Journalism has changed my life. But no newsroom I've been in properly reflects where I grew up or went to school. There are still too few working class or Black, Asian and ethnically diverse journalists — and that means the stories we look to tell, and how we tell them, are often too narrow.

“Talk of diversity in newsrooms has become a bit of a corporate cliche but for me, it's really only ever been about fairness, making newsrooms look and sound like the world we are reporting on.  I hope by sponsoring the Awards, a few more people who feel — as I did — that journalism is not for them, might change their minds.” 


To apply

  • Log in to your Creative Access account or register today to apply for this opportunity
  • Upload your CV and cover letter, explaining why you would like to be considered for the fellowship, as one document (applications without a tailored cover letter will not be accepted)
  • Task: as part of your application, please include an idea for an article, or audio or video report on an area that you think is under-covered by the media, explaining how you would approach this piece. This should be 1-page maximum, and ideally shorter, written as if you were pitching to an editor
  • Once submitted, you can no longer amend your application, so proof-read carefully
  • Do not contact the company directly
  • Please email any queries about this role to Creative Access at this address:

This opportunity is only open to individuals from a group that is under-represented in the creative industries. This includes, but is not limited to Black, Asian and ethnically diverse candidates and individuals from lower socioeconomic backgrounds.

The successful candidate for this opportunity will also participate in a Creative Access support programme that sits alongside workplace training. This includes a programme of induction training, monthly masterclasses, wellbeing support, buddying / mentoring and more.

Years of experience

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