On the 28th of January 2020, PressPad will be holding its official launch party!

After two years of piloting and finding accommodation for more than 50 interns from a variety of backgrounds, we’re ready to take the next step…

At the launch party, we will be celebrating the success of our recent #DiversifyTheMedia crowdfunder, as well as unveiling our brand new website and business model. It will also be our chance to thank you to all of those who have supported us over the past two years.

The event will be hosted by The Sunday Times’ Shingi Mararike, who will be holding a Q&A with 5 News’ Claudia-Liza Armah and The Bureau of Investigative Journalism’s James Ball. You can find out a bit more about them below.

Besides all of that, the party should be an opportunity to network, share ideas, and talk about how we can work together to diversify the media. There will also be canapes and drinks too…

We look forward to seeing you there!

The PressPad Team (Olivia, Laura, Nicola, Laerke, and Alfie)

Claudia-Liza Armah

Guest Speaker

With more than 15 years journalism experience, Claudia-Liza Armah has worked with the UK’s biggest television channels including Sky, BBC, ITV and Channel 5. Currently the face of 5 News Tonight, Claudia-Liza is the first black lead anchor to present the programme. Covering the day’s big and topical stories with discussion, debate and in-depth interviews with political leaders and those at the centre of major events. In addition, she has covered the anchor role of 5 News at 5 and Jeremy Vine (formerly The Wright Stuff). Claudia-Liza is a strong advocate of social mobility and mentors a number of young people supporting their applications to some of the UK’s top universities and offers advice and support to those who want to enter the world of broadcast journalism. She's also committed to work on equality, gender equality, education, diversity and inclusion.

Shingi Mararike


Shingi Mararike helped launch News UK's diversity scheme, the News Academy at the age of 17, while still a sixth form student. Following internships on multiple desks at the Sunday Times between the ages of 18 and 21, he was hired as the paper's first ever apprentice in 2017. A news reporter since 2018, he had had front page stories in both the English and Scottish editions of the paper. His story about children using corrosive fluid as a weapon kickstarted the paper’s “Acid Attack Britain” campaign, while he has also written a number of news pieces and features on race, social mobility and the serious youth violence.

James Ball

Guest Speaker

James Ball is the Global Editor of The Bureau of Investigative Journalism. He has worked in political, data and investigative journalism in the US and UK for BuzzFeed, the Guardian and the Washington Post in a career spanning TV, digital, print and alternative media. His reporting projects have won the Pulitzer Prize for public service, the Scripps Howard Prize, the British Journalism Award for investigative reporting, The Royal Statistical Society Award and the Laurence Stern Fellowship, among others. He is the author of multiple books, including "The Infographic History of the World", "Post-Truth: How Bullshit Conquered The World", and "Bluffocracy".