A NEW initiative has been launched to help aspiring black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) journalists in south London.

The Journey to Journalism programme will give BAME youngsters in Croydon the prospect to work for nationwide newspapers, together with The Solar, The Sunday Instances, The Telegraph, Every day Mail, Every day and Sunday Categorical and Metro.

Croydon Central MP Sarah Jones has launched the Journey to Journalism initiative together with the Croydon BME Discussion board
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Sarah Jones MP and the Croydon BME Discussion board launched the initiative to assist younger individuals achieve the expertise and networks essential to safe extremely aggressive journalism jobs.

The ‘Journey to Journalism’ programme goals to extend variety inside the 94 per cent white career, as analysis has discovered simply 0.four per cent of British journalists are Muslim and solely 0.2 per cent are black.

Candidates should write a letter and a 250-word article on knife crime to submit by 2nd December.

Main BAME journalists Fatima Manji and Stephen Bush will choose purposes.

A current survey of a couple of million younger individuals recognized ending knife crime as their primary concern.

It is usually one in every of Jones’ key priorities as Chair of the All Get together Parliamentary Group on Knife Crime.

Candidates could possibly be in with the prospect of working for among the most recognisable newspaper titles on this planet
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The MP for Croydon Central challenged a number of senior information editors to do extra about potential unconscious bias in newspapers’ portrayal of BAME people — because of the business’s lack of variety.

Analysis has discovered that profitable candidates are normally white, male, and from privileged backgrounds.

Jones argued that this creates a “barrier to entry” for aspiring journalists who would not have private connections to the business.

Simply 12 per cent of journalists come from working-class backgrounds.

Jones mentioned: “Earlier this yr I challenged newspaper editors over unconscious bias of their papers given the shortage of BAME journalists.

“All of them expressed a want to extend variety, and I’m glad they’ve agreed to supply this thrilling alternative to younger individuals in Croydon.

“Necessities for work expertise are too usually a barrier to entry in jobs like journalism for individuals who aren’t fortunate sufficient to have household connections. I’m trying ahead to working with the Croydon BME Discussion board and a workforce of high journalists to uncover the massive potential amongst Croydon’s younger individuals.”

Andrew Brown, Chief Government of the Croydon BME Discussion board, mentioned: “This journalism programme offers gifted, BAME college students the prospect to enter an business that shapes the way in which individuals understand the world – and even perhaps problem these established views.

“That’s highly effective and it’s that strategy of empowerment and giving a voice to folks that embodies what the Croydon BME Discussion board is all about.”

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