New journalism scholarship introduced for under-represented students
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In order to help and support under-represented students from low-income backgrounds start a career in journalism, City, University of London, is introducing a brand new scholarship. The university has announced applications are now open for a brand new scholarship that will support two postgraduate journalism students. Not only does this cover course fees, but is complete with financial support for housing, rent and any other costs incurred throughout their studies. The university aims to support two students per year from this September. The scholarship is supported by the Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust in association with the university, whose work aims to ‘[transform] the lives of young people and [achieve] real social change’. The trust came into existence following the racially aggrevated murder of the teenage Stephen Lawrence in 1993. The Daily Mail are also on board. They're offering the lucky students exclusive access to resources including mentoring from senior staff and work experience at the publication. Once they have graduated, they will be offered a year-long, paid placement with the either the Daily Mail or MailOnline teams as part of the paper's graduate trainee scheme. The scholarship is part of a ten-year strategy being implemented by City's journalism department in order to expand the number of students entering the profession from black, Asian and ethic minority (BAME) and lower-income backgrounds. Research indicates that 94% of newsroom workers in the UK are white and middle class. It is hoped that with this scholarship in place, the three bodies will continue to support diversity and variety of students within the field. More information on the scholarship can be found on the City University Department of Journalism's website here.