In March 2019, the SJA announced the launch of a journalism diversity scholarship in partnership with News Associates and Sportsbeat. 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.
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.
The Journalism Diversity Fund was set up in 2005 with a donation of £100,000 from the Newspaper Licensing Agency (now NLA media access). It is supported by those in the industry who want to make newsrooms better reflect communities they serve by encouraging people from ethnically and socially diverse backgrounds to train as journalists. The fund is administered by the NCTJ and aimed at aimed at people without the financial means to attend the Diploma in Journalism courses. Website: https://www.journalismdiversityfund.com