How PressPad Works

At PressPad we want to provide affordable accommodation for young journos not based in London who have secured work experience or internships in the capital. To make this project sustainable and help it grow, every week of hosting has a cost. Don’t worry, this will always be cheaper than hotels or expensive AirBnBs. PLUS interns get to stay with experienced journalists who can be their guides and mentors in through this new adventure, and have access to PressPad events and online networking. 

 

Hosts Sign up

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

Payment

Interns can pay for their accomodation, ask their employers to cover part of it or apply for a PressPad grant.

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.

  • Payment

    Interns can pay for their accomodation, ask their employers to cover part of it or apply for a PressPad grant.

  • 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 does the money go?

Excellent question! The way we’ve designed our business model – hopefully – will let us keep PressPad as a choice for those who really need it, plus scale and grow so we can host more interns, and maybe even in other cities!

  • A part of it goes to cover the cost of running PressPad. Web hosting, social media, travel to universities and events to make sure people know about us and hopefully one day a full member of staff to provide 24/7 support for hosts and interns.

  • Another bit goes to the host - mentor. We acknowledge that having someone in your house for an extended period of time costs money, and we want to make sure hosts aren't out of pocket.

  • The rest - and this is the most important bit - goes to PressPad's fund. This will be a pot of money for the people who really need our help. They will be able to apply for a grant, and we will cover up to 100% of the cost of their accommodation through us.