Journey to Journalism
Journey to Journalism

In partnership with the Croydon BME Forum I am launching a new programme to support aspiring black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) journalists in Croydon. The initiative will help young people in Croydon develop the experience and networks necessary to secure highly competitive journalism jobs and increase diversity within the 94% white profession.

The Journey to Journalism programme will offer young people aged 16-24 from Croydon Central work experience with national newspapers, including The Times, The Telegraph, Daily Mail, Daily and Sunday Express, Metro and The Sun. Applications will be judged by a panel of leading BAME journalists, including Fatima Manji and Stephen Bush.

To apply click ‘read more’ below.

Earlier this year as part of a Home Affairs Committee inquiry I challenged newspaper editors over unconscious bias in their papers given the lack of BAME journalists. They all expressed a desire to increase diversity, and I’m glad they have agreed to offer this exciting opportunity to young people in Croydon.

Requirements for work experience are too often a barrier to entry in jobs like journalism for those who aren’t lucky enough to have family connections. That’s why I’m excited to launch this programme alongside the Croydon BME forum to give ambitious young people in Croydon an opportunity to break into journalism.

Details and application criteria:

  • Journey to Journalism will offer 1-2 week’s work experience with national newspapers including The Times, Telegraph, Daily Mail, Metro and The Sun.
  • Applicants must be aged 16 – 24 and their home address should be in the Croydon Central constituency. To check your constituency visit
  • Applicants must write a letter of application and a 250-word article about one of the topics below.
  • To apply, applications should be sent to or posted to Sarah at 43 Blackhorse Lane, Croydon, CR0 6RT
  • The deadline for applications is Monday 11th February 2019. Applications will then be reviewed by the panel of judges and successful applicants will be contacted to confirm the timings of the work experience.

Article topics

  • Refugee crisis
  • Brexit and young people
  • Knife crime and youth violence
  • The role of technology in society
  • Climate change
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