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Posted By: paulajw
Posted On: July 27, 2015

Emma Clothier on her first day at Brighton Journalist Works

Journalists give a voice to those who need to be heard.

It is just as important those journalists come from a wide range of backgrounds. This is where the Journalism Diversity Fund comes in.

This September Brighton Journalist Works welcomes three students who are helped into NCTJ training thanks to this fund.

They are David Wilkins, Rachael Grealish and Emily Collis.

In September 2014, BJW welcomed two students onto the weekend part-time course who benefited from JDF bursaries.

During their course Della Cheshire and Emma Clothier blogged about the experience.

This summer they both achieved NCTJ gold standard results for all their exams. Their ticket to a career in journalism, according to a recent study.

Brighton Journalist Works graduate Della Cheshire on her first day

Brighton Journalist Works graduate Della Cheshire on her first day

Della said: “”The JDF bursary put the NCTJ Diploma within my reach in financial terms.

“It also gave me a huge confidence boost – they thought I had the potential to become a successful journalist.

“My advice to those starting in September – get writing straight away, and remember your diversity can open doors.”

Read Della’s blog about her NCTJ Diploma experience here.

Emma Clothier on her first day at Brighton Journalist Works

Emma Clothier on her first day at Brighton Journalist Works

Emma said: “Without the bursary I couldn’t have afforded to join the course.

“I never expected to get one, but from the outset planned to enjoy every step of the journey for as long as it lasted. I enjoyed it and it lasted.

“The JDF opened up my world to new exciting and wonderful experiences before the NCTJ even began.

“It was the motivation to secure four work placements in papers and radio to experience the newsroom.

“Having had no experience of a newsroom since a week as a teenager more than years ago, I was amazed to even get a foot in the door. But I was accepted and enjoyed a full and broad experience.

“My interview at Talksport with editors of national papers and a celebratory lunch at the BBC in London were highlights I’ll never forget.

“It was a chance to see the BBC newsroom in full swing, be inspired by the achievements of past JDF recipients and network with people working in the national media.

“There have been tough moments but receiving the support of the JDF made me more determined to take every opportunity and give it my best.”

Read Emma’s blog about her NCTJ Diploma experience here.

The deadline for the next set of JDF bursaries is November 4.