Want to be a journalist? This bursary could help you get your NCTJ qualification
A FUND which helps people from diverse backgrounds get into journalism is now taking applications.
The Journalism Diversity Fund (JDF) awards bursaries to people from diverse backgrounds who need help funding their NCTJ journalism training.
Bursaries are awarded four times per year and can help cover the costs of NCTJ course fees and/or living expenses.
The fund is aimed at aspiring journalists without the financial means to attend an NCTJ-accredited course who can show they can bring diversity to a newsroom.
The fund is for people from a different background to the majority of people who occupy newsrooms (white middle class).
A candidate might demonstrate that their ethnicity, social class, disability, individual circumstances or sexual orientation makes them diverse.
Successful recipients of the fund are those who can demonstrate that they need the financial support, are diverse through their individual circumstances, and can use their diversity to enhance their journalistic work and truly represent the communities they serve.
To apply, applicants must be able to demonstrate that:
- they have secured a place on an eligible NCTJ-accredited course. Those who have already started a course are not eligible to apply – the course start date must be after the bursary has been awarded. Please visit the schedule section for this year’s deadlines. Please note bursaries are not available for undergraduate courses.
- they can bring diversity to a newsroom;
- they are a British citizen residing in the UK;
- they have a genuine commitment and potential to be a successful journalist and have a range of journalism-related work experience;
- they are not in receipt of any other bursary award.
- The fund is supported by those in the industry who want to make newsrooms better reflect the communities they serve by encouraging people from ethnically and socially diverse backgrounds to train as journalists.
Journalism at Oxford Brookes is accredited by the NCTJ.
Thanks to the financial support of the industry, the JDF has awarded almost 400 bursaries since 2005.
Find out more information about the JDF here: https://www.journalismdiversityfund.com/.
Last edited: 10 12 2020