SJA announce diversity scholarship with News Associates and Sportsbeat

The Sports Journalists’ Association, in partnership with News Associates and Sportsbeat, are delighted to announce the launch of a journalism diversity scholarship for aspiring sports journalists.

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 The successful applicant will have their fees covered while they undertake their NCTJ Diploma in Multimedia Sports Journalism at News Associates, with the option of studying in either London or Manchester, from September 2, 2019.

News Associates was recognised last December as the UK’s number one NCTJ-accredited journalism school for the fourth consecutive year, with successful graduates now working on the sports desks of national newspapers, agencies, broadcasters and in content roles with sports teams and national governing bodies.

At the conclusion of their studies the successful candidate will be offered a full-time four-month contract at national press agency Sportsbeat, commencing May 2020 based in London.

Dina Asher Smith is interviewed by Nicola Kenton during The SJA British Sports Awards 2018. (Photo by Christopher Lee/Getty Images)

SJA co-chair Janine Self said: “This is a wonderful opportunity to give a helping hand to someone from a diverse background. We are very pleased to be working with News Associates and Sportsbeat.”

Sportsbeat and News Associates managing editor James Toney said: “We are delighted to be working with the Sports Journalists’ Association on this unique opportunity, underlining our commitment to supporting candidates from diverse backgrounds in breaking into careers in sports media.”

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The deadline for applicants is May 3 at 5pm with those shortlisted invited to attend an assessment centre in London on May 31.

If you have any questions about the scholarship, please email Lucy Dyer on