PressPad is an award-winning social enterprise that is fighting to lower the financial barrier of entry into journalism.
We link young people with work experience in London with experienced journalists who can offer a spare room plus great advice.
We also add them to our intern networks so they can learn from each other.
It’s mentoring, networking and accommodation all rolled into one.
When the pandemic hit, we had to pause our hosting service. As newsrooms closed their doors and journalists began working from home, work experience placements and internships were cancelled. We pivoted to provide as much support as we could remotely: PressPad Remote was born. Between April -July a minimum of 7,800 young people made use of our resources and events. We want to put on an even bigger and better programme but we need your help to do it.
WHY PLEDGE TODAY?
- Over three-fifths (61%) of employers offering work experience placements have had to cancel their schemes – according to The Sutton Trust.
- Attendees landed jobs and commissions off the back of PressPad Remote sessions and credit it with helping them feel they ‘belong’ in the journalism industry
- During the first season, 33% of PressPad Remote attendees considered themselves working class and 28% identified as Black, Asian or Ethnic Minority
STAYING SAFE DURING COVID-19
PressPad is closely monitoring the COVID-19 situation and the advice that is being issued by the Government and the NHS. We are aware that many news organisations are cancelling work experience, internships and even pausing hiring, which will affect those about to enter the industry.
For young journalists, we know you must be feeling anxious about this and we want you to know we are still here for you. If you need any support or help, please don’t hesitate to email us and we will do our best to lend a hand in any way we can.
Stay safe and stay in touch,
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