Why did you sign up to be a mentor for the trust?
I signed up because I believe in the work of the John Schofield Trust and the concepts of “giving back” and sharing knowledge and experience, helping others work through a maze that can often seem incomprehensible and inaccessible. In journalism it is often personalised, hands on help and advice that works best.
Had you ever done anything like this before?
No this is a first although I have always tried to offer assistance and advice to others attempting to follow a similar path.
How much of commitment has it been for you?
It has not absorbed much time. We had an initial meeting and set up an action-plan and try to talk “formally once a month”. In between I try to be available to answer questions although it is very ad-hoc when work allows.
How have you found the experience so far?
It is for the mentee to decide how valuable the experience is proving but I have found it interesting and enjoyable. It has been a very fluid process covering diverse issues from scripting to job advice.
It is a useful time-out that allows you to think about some of the more basic principles of what we do and why.
I hope this has been a chance to be of help to a young journalist starting their career. We have established a good rapport and I would hope that we continue to stay in contact even after the official 12 month period is over.