“He will be missed both as a very talented broadcaster and a very popular colleague.”
The John Schofield Trust was set up by the friends and family of the journalist John Schofield who was killed whilst working in Croatia on the BBC’s World Tonight programme.
The Trust set out to create a lasting memorial to John’s work and character by supporting new journalists.
Why a memorial to John?
John Schofield was a much loved and respected young journalist. His death was mourned in newsrooms throughout the world.
John is remembered as a welcoming and supportive colleague in an industry which is notoriously hard to break into. John’s widow, family and friends wanted to commemorate John in a way which would reflect his friendly and generous spirit.
Royal Television Society Young Journalist of the Year
Immediately after John’s death, his friends and family instigated the Royal Television Society Young Journalist of the Year bursary, a prestigious award given to the journalist deemed by the RTS judges to have fulfilled their criteria.
Past winners of this award include Faisal Islam (Channel 4 News Economics Editor), Matthew Price (BBC Brussels correspondent) James Reynolds (BBC Tehran correspondent), Hannah Thomas-Peter (Sky News reporter) and, in 2014, Ciaran Jenkins of Channel 4 News.
John Schofield Trust Mentoring Scheme
In 2012 the Trust launched a new young journalist mentoring scheme. As the professional environment for young journalists gets tougher, we want to expand on the expertise and goodwill of Trust supporters to benefit other young journalists besides the single one who is awarded the annual RTS bursary. As a result we are launching a pioneering mentoring scheme for young journalists, unlike any other in British journalism.
We have the support of senior journalists with extensive experience in broadcast journalism. Our scheme will also embrace online and social media as well.