Scheme launch at Covent Garden Hospital Club

There was standing room only at the launch party of the John Schofield Trust’s new website and mentoring scheme. The packed party was held at The Hospital Club in Covent Garden in October 2011. More than 180 journalists from the news industry joined family and friends of John Schofield to celebrate the renewed activities of the Trust. Journalism students were also invited to the party and had the opportunity of meeting their news heroes.

ITN’s Alastair Stewart OBE (top picture) compered for the evening, and Radio 4’s The World Tonight’s Robin Lustig (pictured on the platform above) spoke movingly of his friend and work colleague John. Vodafone’s Group Director of Communications Matt Peacock joined Robin and paid tribute to his former BBC radio colleague and friend John and the impact John’s death had on Matt’s subsequent career. Guests watched a short film about the Trust produced by ITN – to view it follow this link.

£647 was raised from a raffle with prizes donated by Vodafone and The Royal Opera House.

Guests included many friends of the Trust including Kate Adie, Helen Boaden, Jeremy Bowen, Ben Brown, Huw Edwards, Gary Gibbon, Martha Kearney, Laura Kuennssberg, John McAndrew, Daisy McAndrew, Steve Mitchell, Jonathan Rugman, Jon Ryley, John Simpson, Jon Snow, Richard Tait, Mark Thompson, Jeremy Vine.

The party was kindly supported by Vodafone and The Hospital Club.

Applications for the 2012 scheme have now closed. Read more information on how the scheme for young journalists works here. A downloadable application form for the 2013 scheme is available here. 


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