John Schofield Trust announces 2014 mentors

Night2Alastair Stewart OBE, presenter of ITV News, tonight announced 12 distinguished journalists who will be taking part in the John Schofield Trust mentoring scheme in 2014.

Among those who will be mentoring next year’s group of young journalists are two Stewart’s colleagues at  ITV News, senior presenter Julie Etchingham and special correspondent Rageh Omaar.

The BBC’s special correspondent Fergal Keane, diplomatic correspondent Bridget Kendall and senior presenter Jon Sopel have also agreed to take part in the scheme, which is in its third year.  Alongside them will be Channel 4 News’ business correspondent Siobhan Kennedy and chief correspondent Alex Thomson.

Sky News’ presenter Dermot Murnaghan and North of England correspondent Mike McCarthy, James Bays, Al Jazeera’s diplomatic editor, Al Jazeera, Andy Bell, political editor of 5News and CNN’s senior international correspondent, Matthew Chance have also joined the stellar cast of John Schofield Trust mentors – the rest of team for 2014 will be announced shortly.

Stewart spoke about his memories of his former colleague: “He was young. He was handsome. He was funny. He was cool. He was very good. If you are in that line of people who want to be mentored, then you have a lot to live up to.

He added that a mentoring scheme was the “perfect” way to honour John: “It isn’t just about learning a skill set, or even refining what you’ve learned at college or university or on work-experience. It is also about values, integrity, respect, impartiality – all the things John held dear to himself and what we all hold dear.”