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New City scholarship to help students break into journalism

The Stephen Lawrence Daily Mail Scholarship will enable two students to complete a journalism Masters

by City Press Office (General enquiries)

NewspapersThe Daily Mail and the Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust have teamed up with the Department of Journalism at City, University of London to launch a new scholarship to help students from under-represented groups break into journalism.

The Stephen Lawrence Daily Mail Scholarship in association with City, University of London will support two students to make a career in journalism.

The Daily Mail and the Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust launched a trainee reporter scholarship in 2015 to help promote diversity in journalism. The first two recipients are now working full time at the Daily Mail. The new arrangement with City is aimed at making the opportunities available to a much wider cohort of students.

Students will receive a full fee scholarship for a postgraduate degree course starting in September 2017, support from City journalism academics and exclusive access to relevant work experience placements at the Daily Mail, as well as exceptional professional mentorship from senior Daily Mail journalists. Students will also receive financial support for living expenses, rent and other costs while studying for their degree.

We are very mindful of our responsibility to increase diversity in journalism, and to ensure that the cost of a university degree should not be a barrier for students from lower-income households - Professor Suzanne Franks

On completion of the MA programme at City, successful candidates will be offered a place on the highly coveted Daily Mail or MailOnline editorial graduate trainee scheme, where they will receive a 12-month paid contract. The scholarships are kindly supported by the Daily Mail and the Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust, in association with City, University of London.

The move is part of a 10-year strategy by the Department of Journalism at City to increase the number of students from black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) backgrounds or lower-income households to enter the profession. Research on media ethnicity has shown that 94 per cent of journalists working in newsrooms in the UK are white, while the overwhelming majority of entrants to the profession come from middle class (ABC1) backgrounds.

Paul Dacre, Editor of the Daily Mail, said: "We share with Stephen’s family the wish that more hardworking students from disadvantaged backgrounds should also look to journalism as a career – just as Stephen aspired to become an architect before his life was so viciously cut short. We are delighted that we have been able to provide a substantial investment for these bursaries and bring them into our training scheme."

Sonia Watson, Chief Executive of the Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust, said: “Baroness Doreen Lawrence founded the Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust with the overarching mission to transform the career opportunities of talented young people from disadvantaged backgrounds. This year, with the Daily Mail, we are delighted to announce a new partnership with City, University of London who will facilitate offering a young person the opportunity to obtain a world-class degree in journalism, a profession which has the power to transform the way we reflect our society.”

Professor Suzanne Franks, Head of the Department of Journalism at City, said: "City, University of London is a world-class university and is widely recognised as one of the top universities globally for training journalists. Our graduates go to on work in newsrooms across the UK and around the world, as broadcasters on national and international television and radio, and increasingly in digital roles in London, and worldwide.

"We have always done our utmost to support our students, however, we are very mindful of our responsibility to increase diversity in journalism, and to ensure that the cost of a university degree should not be a barrier for students from lower-income households. We are delighted that the Daily Mail, which has long been a strong supporter of promoting new talent in journalism, has partnered with us on this most important initiative."
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City strongly supports diversity and has a range of measures in place to assist students from BAME backgrounds or lower-income households.

“We hope that more news organisations will agree to partner with us in the coming months so that we can increase the number of bursaries we can offer,” Professor Franks added.

City works with a range of partners to support students and offer a number of other bursaries each year.

City’s Department of Journalism is celebrating its 40th anniversary in the 2016/17 academic year. Since it was founded in 1976, the department has educated more than 4,000 students who have gone on to careers in journalism in more than 100 countries worldwide.

Students interested in applying should email sldmscholarship@city.ac.uk, including a CV, portfolio and a personal statement of no more than 300 words. The closing date is Friday 7th April at 5pm.


Full details of the scholarship and application procedure can be found at the Department of Journalism website, at www.city.ac.uk/arts-social-sciences/journalism/journalism-scholarships-2017

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