PressPad is a project that aims to diversify the media by removing one of the main financial obstacles to those trying to enter the profession.
By providing paid-for accommodation in London – by far the hub for the majority of usually unpaid media internships – to those who have already successfully secured internships, placements or short-term contracts, PressPad hopes to even the playing field for aspiring journalists who live outside of London or do not have the means to rent in the capital. If you knew that rent would already be taken care of, what opportunity wouldn’t you apply for?
We’re a new and voluntary venture but we hope to grow at a fantastic rate to meet the largely silent, unnoticed yet substantial demand. So if you’d like to apply, or are interested in becoming a host or supporting the project, please visit the respective pages on the website or email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
PressPad founder Olivia Crellin on the need for diversity in journalism
Want to help us diversify the media?
Are you a journalist, intern, educator or simply passionate about making newsrooms across the UK more diverse? Sign up to our newsletter and get (very infrequent) but awesome updates from PressPad. If you are an experienced journalist living in London and have a spare room you can sign up to our hosts database and help us diversify the media.
Where our mentor/hosts work
The money you donate to Press Pad will help us grow, offer to cover people’s travel expenses during their internships, organise networking events and cover some running expenses (websites don’t run themselves!).
But not everything is about money: if you want to collaborate, have ideas, people we should know, please contact us.
Partners & Supporters
Annissa Warsame is one of our pilot scheme interns. She was hosted with Meirion Jones and Kate Middleton during her placement with Shine a Light (in association with Open Democracy). This is her story.