Bursaries on offer to student journalists

A dozen students have been given a helping hand in training for their chosen career after being chosen to receive a bursary from the Journalism Diversity Fund.

The charitable fund was created in a bid to attract more people from ethnically and socially diverse backgrounds into the industry. Following interviews, 12 candidates have now been chosen to receive awards from the initiative managed by the National Council for the Training of Journalists.

From September three candidates will begin courses at the University of Sheffield, two will study at Kingston University, and others will train at Lambeth College, Darlington College, Liverpool Community College, the University of Central Lancashire, University of Sunderland, University of Strathclyde and The Journalist Works in Brighton.

The fund was set up with the help of the Newspaper Licensing Agency, and media groups including Pearson, Guardian Media Group, Associated Newspapers and News International have also contributed to the fund.

Six bursaries were handed out last year, and there are two further chances for people to apply if they are starting courses any time in the 2007/2008 academic year. Go to for more details.

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