Opening the door to diversity in the media
through mentorship & hosting

Let’s make something clear: we would love for unpaid internships to become entirely a thing of the past. We’re not trying to enable unpaid placements, but everyone knows that changing policy and work culture will take time. We are working with other organisations to campaign for living wage internships. Until this changes we want PressPad to exist for anyone and everyone that needs it.

 

The process is very simple:

  • Anybody who is not from London but has a work placement in London can apply to be a PressPad intern.
  • Any media professional with a spare room can sign up to be a host. 
  • PressPad verifies that interns really need our help and that hosts have a safe place for interns to stay in. 
  • We match interns and mentor-hosts as best we can according to their interest and career goals.
  • We are on hand 24/7 to provide support for interns and mentor-hosts. 
  • We are working with other organisations to set up workshops, talks and outreach events to help people get into journalism. 

Hosts Sign up

Journalists and media professionals with spare rooms in London sign up to be PressPad hosts.

Set up

We introduce interns and hosts, make sure everyone's fine, check in on them through the process.

Interns apply

Anybody not based in London but with work experience in the capital applies to be an intern.

Match!

We match interns and mentor-hosts based on time availability, interests, etc.

PressPad verifies interns & hosts

We check that interns really need our help, and make sure our hosts have a suitable place for them.

  • Hosts Sign up

    Journalists and media professionals with spare rooms in London sign up to be PressPad hosts.

  • Set up

    We introduce interns and hosts, make sure everyone's fine, check in on them through the process.

  • Interns apply

    Anybody not based in London but with work experience in the capital applies to be an intern.

  • Match!

    We match interns and mentor-hosts based on time availability, interests, etc.

  • PressPad verifies interns & hosts

    We check that interns really need our help, and make sure our hosts have a suitable place for them.

Where our hosts work

Annissa's story

It is often said that the British media industry is pale, male and stale; but to quote City Journalism lecturer Jane Martinson “it’s probably fairer to call it pale, male and posh.” And Jane is not alone in that realisation. In 2017, Sky News’ Lewis Goddall set Twitter alight with his article “The BBC gender pay gap is bad – but its class gap is worse” highlighting that diversity is about more than what you can see. 

His article called out what many of us know to be true: coming from a working class and poor economic background is a huge, unspoken disadvantage. 

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