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Mentee advice from Niall McDonald

I work as a Writer/Producer for ‘The World Right Now’ on CNN International. My journalism career in the last year has been anything but conventional. I moved jobs twice during my time in the mentor scheme, firstly from Sky News to the Associated Press, then from AP to CNN International. When opportunities like that arise … Continue reading

Mentee news – Laura Trueman

I have been a Broadcast Journalist for the BBC in Belfast for almost five years now and work across radio, online and politics. I first came to the BBC during my Journalism Masters placement and since beginning the job I have brought original stories such as a student flat scam and wheelchair users being charged a third … Continue reading

Mentee news – Emma Burrows

Sometimes timing is everything. I found out I had been paired up with a mentor at the same time as I was offered two chances to go and work in Moscow for a year. I then discovered my mentor was Bridget Kendall – the BBC’s Diplomatic Correspondent, former Moscow Correspondent and a specialist on Russia and … Continue reading

The best advice I received: Imogen Barrer

Imogen Barrer, an ITV News producer, passes on three key pieces of advice from her mentor, Alan Grady, executive producer, Sky News. Try as many things as possible when you’re starting out.   Since finishing journalism school, I’ve worked for four broadcasting companies, with different roles at three of them. When I told Alan I … Continue reading

The best advice I received: Sarah Fowler

The last six months have been paramount and Christopher has helped guide me through some of the most challenging decisions I’ve ever had to face in my career. Continue reading

Elizabeth Anderson – Mentee

I started in journalism by doing the Broadcast Journalism postgraduate diploma at Cardiff University, which I finished in 2010. I knew I wanted to specialise in business reporting, so from there I went to Bloomberg TV for three months. I applied for the John Schofield Trust scheme because I wanted guidance from someone else with … Continue reading

Stuart Duggan – Mentee

I am a freelance broadcast journalist. I mainly work at Sky News in London. I first became interested in broadcasting whilst studying at the University of Sussex, where I studied for an English Literature degree. I joined the student radio station, University Radio Falmer (the same station that John Schofield worked for while he was … Continue reading

Holly Jones – Mentee

For the past two years, I have been a Broadcast Journalist at the radio station Heart East Anglia in Norwich. The reason why I applied for the John Schofield Trust mentoring scheme was because, whilst I was very happy in my job, I was a little unsure about how to progress to the next stage in my career … Continue reading

Jack Aldwinckle – Mentee

The scheme has been a wonderful opportunity for me to benefit from the experience of a hugely talented journalist. In the past I’ve sometimes felt uncomfortable seeking advice – worried that I’d appear bothersome, clueless, or, even worse, desperate for a job (which I often was!). It’s that unease, which I’m sure a lot of … Continue reading

Keith Moore – Mentee

I’m currently a feature writer for the BBC’s website. It’s a new role and I’m working on creating original multimedia stories that combine the best of traditional broadcast journalism with the text format more commonly associated with online journalism. Prior to my current role, I was a BBC journalism trainee. It was a scheme that … Continue reading

James Banks – Mentee

As a relative latecomer to the world of journalism I was keen to get as much guidance and advice to establish myself in my new career as quickly as possible. After over a decade serving as an Officer in the British Army I knew I had a lot to learn about the dos and don’ts … Continue reading

Holly Wallis – Mentee

I am currently working as a broadcast journalist for BBC News Online. I joined the UK team six months ago, just in time for the Diamond Jubilee, London 2012 Olympics and Paralympic Games, so it’s already been a great year. Previous to this, I spent a year as a BA and web producer on the … Continue reading

Natalia Rolleston – Mentee

I’m a broadcast journalist working for BBC World Service News & Current Affairs in London. I’ve been a reporter for the BBC in Devon and Guernsey, an assistant producer/ researcher for factual TV programme Inside Out at BBC South West and even at one time, a corporate head hunter. This was part of a portfolio … Continue reading

Olivia Feld – Mentee

I’m currently a researcher on Radio 4 news programmes, working on the World at One, PM, The World This Weekend and Broadcasting House. I joined the BBC two years ago as a researcher on the radio bulletin and podcast World News for Schools. Since then I’ve worked as a broadcast journalist on the News Channel. I’ve … Continue reading

Shaunagh Connaire – Mentee

I’m an Irish journalist currently working for Channel 4 Unreported World. Having trained as an accountant with KPMG, I decided to chase my journalism dream in London three years ago. I completed my TV masters at Goldsmiths University and was shortlisted as ‘Student Broadcast Journalist of the Year’ in 2009 by the Guardian and Sky … Continue reading

Will Mott – Mentee

I began work at ITN in the summer of 2008 working for the online team before getting the job as the intern in the ITV News Washington bureau. I helped the team with our coverage of Obama’s election campaign, a hurricane and everything in between before returning to the London newsroom in 2009. Since then … Continue reading

Tom Brown – Mentee

I work at BBC East Midlands Today in Nottingham. My job includes anything from producing bulletins and cutting pieces to reporting out in the field and presenting in the studio. At the moment I’m presenting our early morning bulletins and it’s great fun – despite the 03:50 alarm! This is my first job after leaving … Continue reading

Adam Lindsay – Mentee

I’m a freelance news and sport broadcast journalist, mainly working at Sky News, IRN and UKRD. I’ve been a journalist for four-and-a-half years, having started my career in radio production and presenting – I worked on the breakfast show at a local station in Brighton straight after leaving university, but quickly became disillusioned with that … Continue reading

Caroline Anning – Mentee

I’m a broadcast journalist at the BBC, currently working for World News Online writing international news and features for the BBC’s website. I got a place on the John Schofield Trust’s mentoring scheme at a time when I was at a crossroads in my journalism career. I had recently returned from the Middle East to … Continue reading

Emily Purser – Mentee

When people ask what I would be doing if I wasn’t a journalist, and I tell them I never thought of any other options, they tend to look surprised. It was easy. In how many other professions do you have so many public role models? It may be a difficult industry to crack into, but … Continue reading

Dhruti Shah – Mentee

I’m a broadcast journalist working in the BBC’s newsroom in London. I’ve spent time at Radio 1 and Radio 1Xtra as a trainee, a researcher at Panorama, a writer for the BBC’s website and am now a social media producer focusing on finding people struck by extraordinary events. A former print journalist, I was taken … Continue reading

Naomi Scherbel-Ball – Mentee

For the last two years I have been working in foreign news as a freelance reporter and producer. I started out working in the BBC’s Paris bureau and then returned to London after a short detour to Germany. Now I balance my work between the BBC’s foreign desk in London, reporting for the new investigative … Continue reading

Max Preston – Mentee

I’m Max Preston, and I’m very proud to be a John Schofield Trust mentee. I must confess that, before I applied for the scheme, I had been somewhat rudderless in terms of making my way into the news business. I had been tangentially involved with the industry for about a decade – both here and … Continue reading

Josh Strauss – Mentee

I’m a video producer for the Guardian Newspaper. I started at the Guardian under the Scott Trust Guardian Films internship, working on long form investigations into social injustices and human rights violations internationally. I now work for Guardian Multimedia, which covers a wider range of video content from music, sport, culture and life & style, … Continue reading

Imogen Walford – Mentee

“Why do we cover political conferences anyway? What should we be showing?” This is a typical challenge John McAndrew has thrown down to me in one of our mentoring meetings, getting to the heart of political coverage. The John Schofield Trust mentor scheme is designed to help young journalists who are trying to find a … Continue reading