“To clinch that first break in national or international news, many young journalists must prove themselves to a potential employer by working as interns in the capital. The cost barrier is colossal. Many have substantial student debts. Others rely on gruelling part-time jobs to pay their bills. The price of deposit and rent with no guarantee of a professional salary at the end is beyond them.
That is why the launch of PressPad, the BBC journalist Olivia Crellin’s ambitious project to pair aspiring journalists with news professionals who can offer free accommodation and mentoring in London, is so thrilling.”