A healthy press will mirror the population it serves – yet the number of ethnic minorities employed in the media industry is only approximately 8 per cent. In some parts of the industry, the figure is much less than this. It is a shortfall that inevitably leaves the industry at a severe disadvantage. The George Viner Memorial Fund was set up by the National Union of Journalists to address this shortfall and to broaden the diversity of journalists working in the British and Irish media. Since its inception in 1986, the fund has helped more than 150 Black and minority ethnic students obtain the training they need to get a job in journalism.
Students from ethnic minorities who have received a formal offer for an NUJ-recognised media course.
As a George Viner Scholar, you will receive much more than financial assistance. You will be invited to open days, conferences and meetings relating to your chosen field of journalism and have the support of the trustees throughout your course. All scholars must attend the annual ceremony, held in February, which is attended by journalists and industry leaders.
If you are interested in applying for a bursary, please email [email protected] to be placed on a mailing list to receive further information.
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