Mentoring Scheme

“John Schofield was one of the best of the younger generation of BBC journalists; bright, resourceful, charming, ambitious.”

John Simpson

The John Schofield Trust Mentoring Scheme offers the opportunity for a select group of young journalists each to have one-to-one mentoring for a year with an experienced practitioner in the broadcast and online news industry.

It is a pioneering mentoring scheme for young journalists which offers up to 25 applicants the opportunity to be mentored by the best journalists in the industry. We have the support of senior journalists who encompass the best in broadcast and online journalism.

This is an exciting opportunity for young journalists to develop their professional skills. It will offer those already working in newsgathering further access into the broadcasting industry when it can be of most help, with the kind of insight into the news industry normally only available to staffers. The Trust’s mentoring scheme is an invaluable tool for mentees: it offers some extremely experienced guiding hands for the next generation of newsgatherers.

How does the scheme work?
We invite all talented young journalists to apply for the mentoring scheme. Those chosen by the selection panel will be matched up with an experienced journalist for a year-long mentoring programme. (See: How to apply)

Who are the mentors?
Find out about the mentors for 2014
The following mentors signed up to the scheme for the year beginning 2013.

    • Jim Allen, RDF
    • Jeremy Bowen, BBC
    • Ben Brown, BBC
    • James Buchanan, BBC
    • Toby Castle, ITV News
    • Jonathan Chapman, BBC
    • Ian Cobain, Guardian
    • Rachel Corp, ITV News
    • Mark Daly, BBC Scotland
    • Jonny Dymond, BBC
    • Mark Evans, Sky News
    • Matt Frei, Channel 4 News
    • Gary Gibbon, Channel 4 News
    • Alan Grady, Sky News
    • Geoff Hill, 5 News
    • Jane Hill, BBC
    • Lindsey Hilsum, Channel 4 News
    • Jawad Iqbal, BBC
    • Faisal Islam, Channel 4 New
    • Martha Kearney, BBC
    • Laura Kuenssberg, ITV News
    • Peter Leng, BBC
    • Jonathan Levy, Sky News
    • Rod McKenzie, BBC
    • Stephen Mitchell, BBC
    • Chris Morris, BBC
    • Jonathan Paterson, BBC
    • Nick Phipps, Sky News Arabia
    • Ben Rayner, Al Jazeera English
    • Jonathan Rugman, Channel 4 News
    • James Reynolds, BBC
    • John Ryley, Sky News
    • Steve Scott, ITV News
    • Ian Sherwood, Sky News
    • David Shukman, BBC
    • Keir Simmons, NBC
    • Sarah Ward-Lilley, BBC
    • Jon Williams, BBC
    • Christopher Wyld, Foreign Press Association

All our mentors are volunteers.
Read more about the 2013 Mentors.